Tasting Notes :The 2006 St Amant Zinfandel has arrived with it, one of the greatest old vine Zinfandels you will ever...Read more...
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Tim Spencer, owner and winemaker of St. Amant Winery, is well known both in Lodi Wine Country and abroad for his skill in producing truly handcrafted wines of a superior quality. His minimalistic approach to vinification and traditional winemaking techniques are designed to achieve maximum expression of the terroir of each unique vineyard. Specializing in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian varieties, Spencer has also received great acclaim for his work with Zinfandel; crafting structured, yet soft wines which manifest an abundance of fruit in their youth. Tim and his wife, Barbara St. Amant Spencer, founded St. Amant Winery in 1981. Grafting over two acres of Zinfandel vines to five traditional Douro Valley Portuguese varieties, Alvarelhao, Bastardo, Souzao, Tinta Cao and Touriga in 1979, their legendary ’81 Vintage Port proved the potential of Portuguese varietals in Northern California and is a legacy that St. Amant continues to this day, having recently won a double-gold and ‘best desert wine’ at the California State Fair with their 2003 Vintage Port. Spencer began experimenting with other Mediterranean varieties in the 1990’s such as Barbera and Tempranillo, and St. Amant’s first Zinfandel was released in 1997, all of which have been distinguished with numerous awards and accolades. The 2004 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zinfandel is another testament to Tim Spencer’s talent for trapping magic in a Bordeaux bottle. The St. Amant formula of “harvesting fully mature and ripe fruit of top quality from a single lot, sorting the grapes at the crusher by hand to remove leaves and imperfect clusters, fermenting in open-top containers with a high juice to skin ratio and bottling with minimal racking into high-quality coopers of French and American oaks for added complexity,” has again delivered a soft, complex and fruit-forward wine characteristic of well made Lodi Zinfandel. Harvested from a 7.5 acre vineyard planted in the Mokelumne River Appellation in 1944, this wine is teeming with ripe raspberry and rich blackberry flavors. Soft, yet supple tannins compliment the finish of this delicious and affordable Old Vine Zinfandel, with a bottle price of just fifteen dollars.
Tasting Notes :The 2006 St Amant Zinfandel has arrived with it, one of the greatest old vine Zinfandels you will ever taste with the great write-up in the New York Times. Tasting Notes: This is one of the finest Old Vine Zinfandel out there period. The cat got out of the bag last year when New York Times columnist Howard Goldberg wrote, "Few Zinfandels are as deeply seductive as the Mohr-Fry Ranches version from the small St. Amant Winery in Lodi, Calif. Vines planted in 1944 gave the grapes rich character.This meaty red tastes of macerated berries, chocolate and oak. The longer it aerates in a glass the spicier it becomes. Pour it with barbecued ribs, beef stew, rack of lamb, shepherds pie and sausage." The wine sells out in months due to its incredible quality and it reasonable price. The wine is a monster. The wine is teeming with massive ripe raspberry and huge rich blackberry flavors. Soft and supple tannins compliment the finish of this delicious red. This wine has proven itself to be outstanding Zinfandel, the layers of fruit just linger on the palate. Not a Zin for the faint of heart.
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