St. Francis Zinfandel "Wild Oak" Sonoma County 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit for our 2008 Wild Oak Zinfandel comes from our top growers in Sonoma County. More than half of the Zinfandel is from Pagani Vineyard’s 130-year-old vines in Sonoma Valley. Nurtured by several generations of the Pagani family, this vineyard is stingy in its old age, producing fewer bunches and berries than its younger counterparts. The smaller crop produces highly concentrated and intense fruit, resulting in rich, layered wines. We also added Zinfandel grapes from Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley, as well as from the highly regarded Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. This hillside vineyard benefits from ideal growing conditions, including cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons. All grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted and undergo a five-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. The selected lots are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine is pumped into French and American oak barrels, where it undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation, followed by 15 months of aging.

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St Francis Wine Company Ltd:
  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

External Reviews for St. Francis Zinfandel "Wild Oak" Sonoma County

External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/06/2009

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
Vintage: 2006 06/26/2011

The 2007 vintage displays a stunning hue of deep purple with intensearomas of fig and raspberries. A flavorful mid-palate of jam and spicecompliment the finish with notes of minerality and lightly toasted oak.



Tasting Notes:

This classic Zinfandel has a rich, layered style combining aromas of ripe black plum, sweet tobacco, dark chocolate and lavender. Flavors of blackberry jam with a hint of nutmeg are followed by a long, lingering finish.

Fruit for our 2008 Wild Oak Zinfandel comes from our top growers in Sonoma County. More than half of the Zinfandel is from Pagani Vineyard’s 130-year-old vines in Sonoma Valley. Nurtured by several generations of the Pagani family, this vineyard is stingy in its old age, producing fewer bunches and berries than its younger counterparts. The smaller crop produces highly concentrated and intense fruit, resulting in rich, layered wines. We also added Zinfandel grapes from Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley, as well as from the highly regarded Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. This hillside vineyard benefits from ideal growing conditions, including cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons. All grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted and undergo a five-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. The selected lots are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine is pumped into French and American oak barrels, where it undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation, followed by 15 months of aging.

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Aged 15 months.

Notes: 78% American Oak, 22% French Oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 16%

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