Scott Harvey Wines
2011 Vineyard 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Vineyard 1869
California: Amador County
Master of Zin
Today’s Scott Harvey Wines 2011 Vineyard 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel is sourced from the Oldest Zinfandel Vines in America, planted over 140 years ago. Unlike some other varietals, these ancient vines continue to impart distinct character and flavor to their fruit as they mature.
These old vines are located in the Amador County AVA, which is nestled in California’s once gold-rich Sierra Foothills. This area has been called California’s last great undiscovered wine growing region, and has the perfect climate and soil structure for growing Zinfandel. Deeply flavored, yet incredibly approachable and well balanced, today’s wine is a perfect representation of Old Vine Zinfandel.
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A deep crimson red.
Lush, concentrated aromas of fruit greet you on the nose, highlighted by fresh blackberry, raspberry, and red currant. The fruit flavors are rounded out by white peppercorn, sweet tobacco leaf, coffee bean, freshly tilled earth, lavender, and a hint of licorice.
Deeply flavored, the old vine complexity shines through on the palate. Dark blackberry, wild strawberry, and boysenberry are layered overtop dried Mission fig, coffee bean, mushroomy earth, violets, cherry cola, cherry European licorice, and hints of pomegranate.
A very well balanced wine with a quiet elegance. Fresh fruit flavors linger throughout the finish, with a touch of cranberry at the very end.
Steelhead trout, wrapped in cherry wood smoked bacon.
What the Winery Says
Produced 100% from the Harvey Vineyard, America’s oldest Zinfandel Vineyard documented as existing in 1869. Vineyard 1869 was planted in the days when horses were used for cultivation. This ancient vineyard is non-irrigated, stand alone head pruned vines that fully express the Amador Zinfandel terror. These gnarly old vines are 140 years old and create a fantastic wine with great complexity and old vine characteristics!
Wine Enthusiast Review A pleasing, complex Zin from the oldest documented Zin vineyard in California, which has belonged to Scott Harvey since 1984. Dusty, with a hint of mint, this structured, berry-flavored wine is medium in weight, with a licorice undertone.
- Scott Harvey
- Amador County, California
- Vineyard 1869
- Vine Age
- 142 years old
- Fruit Variety
- 95% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah
About the Winery
Scott Harvey Wines are made of the best varietals from the terroir of Amador County, California. Scott’s roots are in Amador County, which has allowed him to develop considerable expertise with these varietals.
The initial line of wines in the “Creative Wine Concepts” portfolio was created out of market demand for Scott’s wines – “niche wines that over deliver.” The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots – Zinfandel, Syrah and Barbera from the Sierras. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace.
Winemaker Scott Harvey
Growing up in California’s Sierra Mountains Region, Scott developed a keen interest in winemaking as a high school exchange student in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany. Scott attended California State University at Sacramento before beginning practical Enology training at Montevina Winery in Amador County. Back to Germany in 1975, he apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt. Once again returning to Montevina Winery, Scott focused on all aspects of winemaking and running a winery. From farming the grapes to effectively marketing the wine, Scott solidified his knowledge and experience. In 1978, at the age of twenty-three, Scott took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, also in Amador County.
In 1979, as Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Crafting the best wines possible from the soils and climatic conditions of the region, Santino and later Renwood benefited from Scott’s German training and innovative style, becoming one of the leading wineries in Amador County, and garnering critical acclaim.
In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for newly purchased, Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. Combining forces with Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker, Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel. Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers, resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery. Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran.
The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots – Zinfandel, Syrah and Barbera from the Sierras. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace.