Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard 2006
A small vineyard tucked into the hills west of Dry Creek Valley, the Simoncini Vineyard is the result of collaboration between Ulises Valdez and Ken Simoncini. The goal was to create a vineyard modeled after the Dry Creek Zinfandel vineyards of old. Budwood was taken from the 100-year-old St. Peters' Vineyard (also the source of the Rockpile Road Vineyard and Lancel Creek Vineyard budwood), and was grafted on to St. George rootstock. A bit of Petite Syrah was added as well, a frequent component of the field blends of days past. The vines were planted in 2003, and the first crop was harvested in 2005. The grapes reached all the maturity and ripeness needed to produce a big, extracted Zinfandel reminiscent of the St. Peter's Church Vineyard. So much so, in fact, Ulises and consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs decided to make the wine in Late Harvest style. The 2006 was a small yet excellent harvest, yielding an intense, concentrated wine.
A very solid Zinfandel, smooth finish, rich fruit are the dominant characteristics.
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Planted on a beautiful rolling hillside near Occidental in 2002, Ulises Valdez took advantage of the different exposures and soil types to experiment with different clones of Pinot Noir. On the very top of the ridge there is an area of reddish soil, with southern exposure, that just cried out for Zinfandel. Ulises was prevailed upon to plant just a couple of acres of St. Peters Church clone Zinfandel here. Two acres isnt a big risk, and in fact there are some old Zinfandel vineyards along Harrison Grade Road nearby. Theres a mountain ridge to the southwest, protecting the vineyard from the brunt of the onshore wind and fog. By maintaining a low crop load with the usual warm coastal October weather, Zinfandel does very well here. Availability-The 2006 Lancel Creek Zinfandel is available directly from the winery or can be found in select restaurants and fine wine merchants in the Bay Area. Production Statistics: Varietal Zinfandel Vineyard Source Lancel Creek Harvest Date October 30, 2006 Bottling Date May 5, 2008 Release Date February 1, 2009 Brix at Harvest 26.1 Alcohol 15.5 % Cases Produced 400 Consulting Winemaker Jeff Cohn Zinfandel Russian River Valley Lancel Creek Vineyard 2006 Wine Spectator Insider Review 93 points | $35 | 400 cases made | Red Dense, ripe and beautifully structured, with delightfully briary cherry and blueberry aromas and powerful yet still supple licorice, sage and cracked white pepper flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2014.-T.F.
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150 cases produced.
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