Deerfield Ranch Winery
2009 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
California: Sonoma Valley
Deerfield Ranch Winery, in the Sonoma Valley, holds a very special place in our hearts. The Rex family are a warm, approachable, and very talented bunch that we encourage you to visit with should you ever find yourself winery-hopping in the region.
In today’s wine, the talents of winemaker Robert Rex shine brightly! Robert’s Deerfield Ranch Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel is a beautifully balanced treat that is really elegant for a Zinfandel. This elegance does not come at the cost of sacrificed flavor. Instead, this wine is also big, bold and delicious.
Any Zin lover will revel in swirling and sipping this very highly recommended wine, exploring the nuances as the wine opens up along the way.
A very dark, imposing ruby at its heart, mellowing to a slightly lighter red rim.
A fantastic and very well balanced bouquet, with blackberry compote seamlessly laid overtop notes of rich mahogany cigar box, well-aged leather, and freshly roasted espresso beans.
Lush, layered, and elegant, the flavors build upon the beautiful bouquet with stewed dark black cherry, cassis, and blackberry mingling with fresh cedar, a subtle bramble, and a hint of dark cocoa powder.
Long and lingering, with the dark fruits subtly fading into hints of sweet smokiness and pomegranate-infused dark chocolate.
We would recommend serving this classic Zinfandel with a meal of braised beef shank served with wild mushrooms and rosemary mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
The nose confronts you with notes of sweet peppermint, cedar cigar box, allspice, dark earth and chocolate. What an introduction! The nose alone will hold your interest for a long time. Once tasted, the flavors do not disappoint; they expand upon the promise of the nose. This is Zinfandel as it should be, as it was meant to be but seldom achieved. It is Deerfield at its best, as always.
Ultra-premium Pennsylvania oak barrels brought out the true Zinfandel flavors - that hint of vanilla and spice. The wine was allowed to age for its first eight months on the fine lees left from fermentation. This added mouth feel to the fruit and spice flavors. The barrel aging continued until, by taste, the wine told us it was time to bottle.
The White Perry Vineyard and the Los Chamizal Vineyard are located near the first Zinfandel vineyards planted in 1850 in the foothills east of the town of Sonoma. Zinfandel loves this microclimate. These two vineyards are two sides of the same coin, and have exactly the terroir that has made Zinfandel so successful in California.
ZINFANDEL capitalized. This is it.
- Robert Rex
- Gold Medal - 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
- Sonoma Valley, California
- Vineyard Blend
- 50% Zinfandel from White Perry Vineyard, 50% Zinfandel from Los Chamizal Vineyard
- Aged in ultra-premium Pennsylvania oak barrels
About the Winery
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley at Kenwood. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 40 separate lots of wine from those vineyards.
We make several wine varietals and blends, something for everyone, a wine for every occasion Production lots vary from 250 cases to 1000 cases. We will produce about 8,000 cases in 2005, and plan to grow to a maximum of 25,000 cases per year in our New Winery.