Sausal Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley Private Reserve 2008
About This Wine: The 2008 Private Reserve Zinfandel is made entirely from estate grown grapes. These vines average 90 years old, and impart a rich Zinfandel character indicative of the soil in the eastern foothills of the Alexander Valley. These vines are dry farmed, creating concentrated and abundant fruit; the end result being a big bold Zinfandel.<br/><br/> Due to the well balanced structure of this wine, it will drink well now or continue to impress through the next decade. Enjoy with beef stew, or hearty grilled or roasted dark meats.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Winery, a small family owned winery that produces award winning wine. Owned by the Demostene Family, Sausal Winery consistently produces premium estate bottled Old Vine Zinfandels (Family Zinfandel, Private Reserve Zinfandel, and Century Vine Zinfandel), Estate Sangiovese, and Estate Cabernet at reasonable prices.<br/><br/> Family History: The Demostene family history reads like a short course in the history of the Alexander Valley from the turn of the century. In 1901, Manuel Demostene, a native of Genoa Italy, began work on a ranch in the Valley. Soon thereafter, another Italian immigrant Abele Ferrari (pictured left) accepted work at Italian Swiss Colony in nearby Asti.<br/><br/> A mechanical whiz, Ferrari soon purchased the Healdsburg Machine Shop and began manufacturing winemaking equipment. Most notable was the Healdsburg Crusher for which he held 11 patents. During prohibition Abele's business faltered along with all other wine-related industries.<br/><br/> Abele never lost faith and in 1923, after a steady decline in property values he seized the opportunity to purchase Soda Rock Ranch and Winery in the Alexander Valley. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the enterprising Abele Ferrari completely rebuilt the old stone winery using recycled materials.<br/><br/> Romance brought the first two generations of Italian immigrants together. In 1936, Manuel Demostene's son, Leo married Abele Ferrari's daughter, Rose. The young couple established their new home at Soda Rock Winery where Leo took over duties as winemaker.<br/><br/> Leo's dream was to have a winery of his own one day and in 1956 Leo and Rose took the first step by purchasing Sausal Ranch. A 125 acre property planted to prunes, apples and zinfandel wine <br/>grapes. Many of the original vines were quite old and clearly established prior to the publication of an 1877 atlas of the area.<br/><br/> For old-timers like Leo it was a simple fact of life that the Alexander Valley was best suited for growing red wine grapes. With the help of his four children - Dave, Ed, Peachie and Cindy- scores of acres of new zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon plantings were installed over the next decade. During this time the entire family continued to help their grandfather at Soda Rock Winery aware that the knowledge gained there would be of real benefit someday.<br/><br/> Leo's dreams of converting an old prune dehydrator into a winemaking facility at Sausal Ranch were not realized before his death in 1973. That same year however, after a remarkable effort from his children Leo's sogni d'oro, his "golden dream", was fulfilled.<br/><br/> This brings us to the third generation of this winemaking family. Dave, Ed, Peachie and Cindy have turned their father's dream into a reality and each play a key role in keeping the dream alive.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Grape:</strong> 100% Estate Grown Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>Age of Vines:</strong> Averaging 90 Years Old, Dry-Farmed<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> 0.61<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.79 <strong>Residual Sugar:</strong> 0.0<br/><br/> <strong>Malolactic Fermentation:</strong> 100%<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> 20 months French Oak<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> Winter 2010<br/><br/> <strong>Aging Potential:</strong> 6-9 years from Release Date<br/><br/> <strong>Cases Produced:</strong> 2,000<br/><br/>
Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Winery, a small family owned winery that produces award winning wine. Owned by the Demostene Family, Sausal Winery consistently produces premium estate bottled Old Vine Zinfandels (Family Zinfandel, Private Reserve Zinfandel, and Century Vine Zinfandel), Estate Sangiovese, and Estate Cabernet at reasonable prices.
Editorial Reviews for Sausal Winery Zinfandel Alexander Valley Private Reserve
Earthy and woodsy on the nose, with jammy wild cherry fruit topped with vague black pepper and medicinal notes. Opulent and rich in the mouth, this shows lots of fruity, juicy Gummi blackberry fruit with a gentle gaminess. The tannins are firm, adding a touch of earthiness on the palate and gentle coarseness to the moderately long finish. 88pts