2010 Russian River Valley 50 Year Zinfandel
California: Russian River Valley
Today’s incredible XYZ Winery 2011 Zinfandel was made by Ondine Chattan, who learned her Zin-making skills with the masters of California Zinfandel at Ridge Vineyards. This wine is the final vintage for the winery’s 50 year old vines wine. Subsequent vintages will be a blend of 25 year old and older vines.
Old vine Zinfandel can be such a treat, especially when done correctly. Zins made from old - or even ancient - vines represent the best possible way to experience the terroir or that special sense of place where a wine was born. Old vine Zins are often more complex and earthy, delivering secondary characteristics like minerality, dark spice and anise.
This very highly recommended wine is a must-have for any fan of great Zinfandel. This wine is exceptional on its own, but we’ll be enjoying our bottles with a very wide array of foods.
Deep, nearly opaque crimson at its heart, slightly mellowing to a lighter, red edge.
Well balanced and refined, with restrained dark fruit notes of black cherry and Satsuma plum intermixed with notes of a blackberry briar patch, white peppercorn, and limestone river rock.
A true Old Vine Zin, with a fantastic interplay of fruit, spice, and earth. Leads with juicy, fresh fruit flavors of red currant, strawberry, and cherry laid overtop spice notes of black pepper, clove, and vanilla bean, with the more earthy notes of river stone rounding out the palate.
Long and slightly drying, with the fresh fruit flavors slowly transitioning to lovely hints of spice and a slight minerality. At the very end, a hint of black pepper persists at the back of the palate.
Enjoy with a ratatouille or, for you carnivores out there, a pepper-encrusted ahi steak.
What the Winery Says
The cool climate of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County produces Zinfandel of great beauty and elegance. This often robust varietal shows its food-friendly best when grown in this versatile region and yields wines that are more claret than port-like in style. The delicate spice notes, red fruit, bright acidity, soft texture, and pepper finish are the signature of the varietal and are reminiscent of the true origins of the grape and those who first brought it to the new world. Our 50 year old vines sit amid a heritage oak grove in the heart of the Russian River. Mustard flowers bloom between the vines in springtime and the roots penetrate deep into the soil to find moisture. Our growing partner has tended these vines for many years and each season he works meticulously to balance the crop to the vine’s capacity. This dedication to the earth and to maximizing the site is truly the joy of Old Vine Zinfandel.
- Ondine Chattan
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- 16 months in 100% French oak
- Case Production
- 500 Cases
About the Winery
XYZin celebrates the heritage of the Zinfandel grape in California by working with vineyards of multiple ages, clones, and training systems. Our celebration of the many facets of the Zinfandel varietal leads us to discover some of the vineyard gems of California.