A very solid Zinfandel, smooth finish, rich fruit are the dominant characteristics.
Big Northern sonoma (Rockpile Vineyard) zin. Lots of dark fruit, blackberry, rhubarb, dried prune, more than ample tannins, a bit of smoke on the back end and a touch of licorice. Starting to get a bit of a brown tinge on the edge of the glass, ready now.
External Reviews for Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard
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.