St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines 2008

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This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

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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

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2.50 5
10/20/2012

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for St. Francis Zinfandel Old Vines

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Smooth and ripe, with plum, cherry, blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors at the fore. Tannins are a tad rustic, but the wine is quite pleasurable to drink.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

There is no doubting the style sought by St. Francis. No-holds-barred, big, oaky, full-throttle Zinfandels are the rule at this Sonoma winery. Impressive is the 2001 Zinfandel Old Vine. A dark plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, smoky, earthy nose revealing aromas of pepper, black cherries, and earth. This spicy, dense, full-bodied, macho Zin should be drunk over the next four years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Huge and powerfully concentrated, this wine is not shy. A thick blast of spice and iodine, itrsquo;s built to approach food with overwhelming force rather than diplomacy. The timid should stand aside.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ripe, with dried cherry, plum, licorice and roasted sage fruit. Finishes with zesty yet rustic tannins. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From various vineyards with a minimum age of 50 years, and all the vines are head-trained. This dark wine is built along solid lines, a big, tough Zin with stubborn tannins. Itrsquo;s lean in flavor, most likely due to the vintage, but should soften and sweeten in time.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

In the absence of official regulations regarding the use of the term ldquo;old vines,rdquo; St. Francis insists on 50 or more years of age. These vines run closer to 80. The wine is concentrated and dense, with spicy berry flavors. Itrsquo;s dry and balanced. Acids are soft.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Well oaked, with lots of smoky, toasty flavors, but the fruit stands right up to it, with ripe cherry, raspberry and plum notes. Complex, flavorful aftertaste. Drink now through 2003.


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This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

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