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St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes This distinctive wine, clearly in the "old style," is remarkable in its intensity. The nearly pungent aromas of brambleberries, chocolate and rose petals unfold on a palate of opulently rich and seductive fruit flavors characterized by great concentration and depth, with an alcohol level not immediately evident beneath the fruit density. The distinct spice and oak notes carry into the finish, which is nearly endless.

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  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named aft... Read more
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi, protector of the natural world, and in honor of the Franciscan order, thought to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to America. St. Francis currently has 600 acres under vine in Sonoma County, with many partnerships with other vineyards in the area, including Rockpile Vineyard, Amman Ranch, Leras Ranch, and Pagani Ranch. Each of their wines are produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma fruit, but that’s not enough to produce such bold, full-bodied wines. It is the hard work of Tom Mackey, Director of Winemaking, and the other winemakers at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards that allows these great wines to be produced, year after year. Read less

Member Reviews for St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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4.50 5
04/19/2008

very good....top notch fruit bomb. keeps 15.5% alcohol surprisingly under wraps.


Snooth User: George Parkinson
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3.00 5
07/24/2009

color -red/blue; nose - plum berry, & cola mouth- spice, plum & coffee finish-medium long buy it drink it share it


Snooth User: Jon of Sonoma
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4.00 5
08/09/2008

An excellent Zinfandel, very tasty with a great aroma. The flavor lingers after the wine and is paired with any food that can handle a complex wine. A great buy at CostCo.


Snooth User: phild
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4.00 5
05/08/2008

Very Nice, full and delicious


Snooth User: kalani
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5.00 5
11/29/2008

A perfect choice for Zin lovers.


Snooth User: Little Chef
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3.50 5
06/04/2011

Tremendous price on a great jammy everyday drinker. This is a good Zin.


Snooth User: myopicfriend
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4.50 5
10/17/2008

Delicious, round mouthfeel, rich with fruit and spice. Easy drinkability alone or with meats/cheese.


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External Reviews for St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines

External Review
05/18/2011

Attractive black cherry and dusty mocha aromas lead to appealingly rustic wild berry, loam and forest floor flavors. Finishes with dry tannins. Best from 2009 through 2012.


External Review
03/05/2009

Most of the grapes for this Zinfandel come from a volcanic ridge high about Sonoma Valley. The wine shows intense, juicy berry flavors and a balanced acidity. Underlying notes of baking spices and a toasted vanilla round out the palate.


External Review
01/10/2013

Soft in texture, this Zin has flavors of freshly crushed, ripe blackberries, cherries and raspberries, cocoa and black pepper, with a burnt brown-butter, baked pastry crust edge. Itandrsquo;s pretty tannic, which makes it a good foil for rich meats and cheeses. Decant for an hour or two.



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Wine Tasting Notes This distinctive wine, clearly in the "old style," is remarkable in its intensity. The nearly pungent aromas of brambleberries, chocolate and rose petals unfold on a palate of opulently rich and seductive fruit flavors characterized by great concentration and depth, with an alcohol level not immediately evident beneath the fruit density. The distinct spice and oak notes carry into the finish, which is nearly endless.

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