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Food Pairings for Starry Night Winery Old Vine Zinfandel Russian River Valley
Awards Accolades: <strong>Bronze Medal</strong> - 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition<br/><br/> About This Wine: This Old Vine Zinfandel comes from vineyards in the Russian River Valley planted in the early part of the last century. We produce this wine using traditional methods including fermentation in small open top fermenters and hand punch downs twice a day. Known for being among the coolest climate where Zinfandel is grown, which allows for a longer growing season and fully developed flavors, our Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel has bright and complex flavors and aromas of raspberries, cherries and blackberries with hits of pepper, vanilla and cedar.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Starry Night Winery became a bonded winery in 1999 and our first commercially available wines were introduced in November of 2000. The story of how we came into existence though starts many years earlier when the four of us, Wayne Hansen, Bruce Walker, Mike Miller and Skip Granger started making wine at an amateur level. Our motivation for this came from a shared life long passion for wine and an increasing disdain for the over priced and often mass-produced wines found in the market.<br/><br/> In our first year we crushed several hundred pounds of grapes and produced about fifty cases of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in Wayne’s basement. This worked well since with his food processing background, Wayne was destined to become our winemaker. By combining the best of both new and traditional methods we found that we could make outstanding wine. We also spent time researching wine making methods, taking classes at UC Davis and received the advice of some very helpful commercial winemakers.<br/><br/> We are excited to announce that as of December, 2006, Nimrod Kovacs, a citizen of Hungary and the US, joined the management team of Starry Night Winery. Mr. Kovacs has a substantial background in both domestic and international marketing, communications, advertising and management. He has also been instrumental in the growth of cable and satellite media delivery in Eastern and Central Europe. Nimrod is the owner of Monarchia Winery of Eger, Hungary, the new sister winery of Starry Night Winery! You can learn more about Monarchia Winery in the Newsletter section or in the Links Associations section of the website.<br/><br/> At Starry Night Winery, our goal is to produce the finest wines possible that accentuate the regions from where the grapes are best grown. We currently produce Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandels from the Russian River Valley, a Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel from Amador and Lake Counties and Zinfandel and Rhone varietals from the Lodi appellation. In 2006 we also produced a Petite Sirah from the Lodi appellation and a Cabernet Franc from High Valley which will be released during 2007.<br/><br/> Many people ask us why we are in Novato and what kind of grapes do we grow there? Well; we don’t grow any grapes. What we do is find the best grapes and growers that allow us to produce the finest wines. We have now worked with one of our growers for nine harvests and two of our growers for six harvests. We have added seveal new growers in the last three years and we are very excited about sharing our new wines and new releases with you!<br/><br/> Winemaking: Our primary focus at Starry Night Winery is Zinfandel, which accounts for over 60% of our production. We think Zinfandel, which is uniquely American, is not only a great wine, but also offers a significant value when compared to many other grape varietals. In 2001 we became a member of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), which promotes Zinfandel education worldwide. Bruce currently serves as Vice President of ZAP and is a member of ZAP’s Board of Directors.<br/><br/> We are also excited by Rhone varietals, which we believe are making significant gains in popularity. We make a Russian River Syrah, and in 2001 introduced our Adara, which is a blend of wines made from grapes found in the Rhone region of France. Because we love Chardonnay, we also produce a barrel fermented, 100% malolactic, and well balanced Chardonnay.<br/><br/> Viticulture: The vastness of Sonoma County with its diverse climate and topography allows growers to produce grapes for distinct wines from the same grape variety. Various areas are known by Appellations. Appellations reflect unique climate, soil and other conditions which tend to produce wines unique to those areas.<br/><br/> With the best combination of natural resources and climate, Starry Night Winery’s key viticulture philosophy is to maintain a small berry size to more concentrated fruit. Our grapes realize bud break often several weeks earlier than other Sonoma Country Wineries, promoting a longer growing season. The rocky soils, comprised of silt loam on top of broken shifts allow the vineyards to deplete water early in the season so there is greater concentration in the berry by the time of harvest.<br/><br/> Our viticulture practices also reflect our desire to put forth optimal flavor in all of our wines. These practices sophisticated trellising system, over cropping early in the season then thinning later in the season to contribute to pH and acid balance and promote higher skin surface to grape ratio.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> 100% Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> September 27, 2007<br/><br/> <strong>Average Sugar at Harvest:</strong> 27.5° brix<br/><br/> <strong>Cooperage:</strong> Barrel Aged over 18 months in new American and French oak barrels and select one to three year old American and French Oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.79<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> .650 g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.9%<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 750 cases<br/><br/>
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