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Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 100 Year-Old Vines Zinfandel 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The limited amount of fruit that comes from the vineyard is handled carefully. The fruit is hand picked into small valley bins and driven one mile to the winery to be crushed. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. Dry farmed and old vines tend to use all their energy ripening and can be a little under-nourished when they reach the winery. Yeast needs some of these nutrients to complete fermentation. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit we have isolated certain strains of yeast that can get the job done without much help. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American cooperage.

Region: USA » California » Amador County

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  • 2007

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Deaver Vineyards:
Ken Deaver stoops his broad shoulders to uncork a bottle of Zinfandel, wearing his trade-mark denims and cowboy hat, and you soon learn that Ken knows his wines. And his grapes. A drive over Deaver’s 300 acres will take you past 120-year-old Zinfindel vines and eight acres of Mission vines, so called because they were brought from Mexico by the Jesuits and Franciscans. The Deaver mission vines ... Read more
Ken Deaver stoops his broad shoulders to uncork a bottle of Zinfandel, wearing his trade-mark denims and cowboy hat, and you soon learn that Ken knows his wines. And his grapes. A drive over Deaver’s 300 acres will take you past 120-year-old Zinfindel vines and eight acres of Mission vines, so called because they were brought from Mexico by the Jesuits and Franciscans. The Deaver mission vines were planted around 1853 by Ken Deaver's great grandfather John A. Davis. His son, Ken's grandfather, planted the Zinfandel four decades later. For years, the Deaver's "old vine" grapes were sold exclusively to home winemakers. The first vintage of Deaver Vineyards Zinfandel was bottled under the “Lakeshore” label in 1985. Read less

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The 2007 Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard Zinfandel is a Grandfather among Zinfandels. The wine has a classic Amador blend of spices including allspice, cardamom and clove that fills out an intense spice rack. The flavors of ripe plum make this wine a rich Zinfandel from a historic vineyard and pairs well with grilled flank steak and fresh homemade salsa.

The limited amount of fruit that comes from the vineyard is handled carefully. The fruit is hand picked into small valley bins and driven one mile to the winery to be crushed. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. Dry farmed and old vines tend to use all their energy ripening and can be a little under-nourished when they reach the winery. Yeast needs some of these nutrients to complete fermentation. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit we have isolated certain strains of yeast that can get the job done without much help. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American cooperage.

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