2011 Old Wave Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Casa Santamaria
California: Sonoma Valley
Sittin' on top of the World
Today’s Random Ridge 2011 Old Wave Sonoma Valley Zinfandel is exactly what we’ve come to expect from winemaker Bill Hawley. Bold, expressive, and absolutely delicious, this Zinfandel is a must buy.
Concentrated and lush, today’s wine is crafted from vines that are well over 100 years old. This results in an almost impossibly smooth, deliciously layered wine that we had trouble putting down. Bold notes of red cherry and boysenberry are balanced by notes of dried fall leaves, vanilla bean, and black peppercorn, resulting in a wine that is as well balanced as it is delicious. And at only $15.99, this is one wine that will make your wallet as happy as your pallet!
We suggest you act fast. With today’s price, this wine will set out fast!
Deepest, darkest garnet at the heart of the glass, with a pretty ruby ring at the edge of the glass.
Concentrated aromas of red cherry, with licorice, cherry cola, caramelized oak, sweet spice, tobacco leaf, and dark herbal notes.
Deep, lush flavors of bright red cherry, boysenberry, and sweet plum laid overtop dried fall leaves, berry bramble, hints of aged tobacco leaf, sweet vanilla bean, and touches of black peppercorn spice.
Absolutely delicious, with concentrated flavors and fantastic structure. The fruit flavors linger, slowly giving way to hints of earth and spice at the back of the palate.
Baby back ribs, dry-rubbed with your personal secret spice blend and slow roasted to perfection.
What the Winery Says
Italian-style field blend Zinfandel with small amounts of Petite Syrah. 100+ year old vines from the legendary Casa Santamaria vineyard on the western edge of the Sonoma Valley at the base of Sonoma Mountain. The vines are head-trained and dry-farmed. The wine is spicy, lush, and fruit-forward, with delicious notes of cherry, framboise, white pepper, and vanilla.
- Bill Hawley
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Casa Santamaria
- Vine Age
- 100+ years
About the Winery
Random Ridge produces fine wines from vineyards pioneered by the Hawley family in the Mayacamas mountains of Napa County, California. We produce wines in very limited quantities from vines meticulously maintained to reflect the essence of the soils in which they grow. We are farmers first but will surf anytime anywhere. Our dedication in the vineyards naturally segues into traditional winemaking practices in the cellar. We strive to enable the fruit to develop its inherent Buddha nature to become wine of complexity harmony & passion.
The vineyard’s intense fruit yields a limited production of exceptional wines that are spicy, extracted, and rich. As Bill Hawley says, they are “wines with alti-dude.”
Winemaker/poet/surfer Bill Hawley
Bill began to pioneer Random Ridge in 1980. At the end of a remote fire road at 2400 feet on California’s stunning Mount Veeder, he built a house for his young family with recycled lumber. The next year he cleared and planted a 10-acre vineyard right on the Napa-Sonoma County ridgeline. Today from the home and vineyard the views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay still dazzle the southern horizon and the sun sets over Sonoma Mountain.
From 1982 to 1988, Bill was employed at Carmenet Vineyard as vineyard manager, mentored by the late great Dick Graff. “…as part of my continuing education, Dick arranged for me to travel to Burgundy and Bordeaux for a month in 1986, visiting cutting-edge producers that shaped my wine aesthetic. Then in 1988 Susan and I traveled to New Zealand and I attended the Cool Climate Viticulture Conference, another mind-blowing trip.”
Bill credits his Chalone experience with introducing him to many winemakers that remain great friends.