96% Zinfandel, 4% Syrah, Grenache & Cinsault
Since our first vintage (six years ago), Valravn Zinfandel has been based on old, bush-pruned vines averaging 40 years old (some over 100) across the county’s best appellations including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley AVAs. In 2019, we also peppered in a bit of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. Hand harvested, hand sorted and gently destemmed before fermentation.
In the cellar, a short cold soak was followed by primary
fermentation in small lots using a combination of open and closed top tanks. The berries were kept in tact to capture the buoyant fruit profile. Following fermentation, the wine was barreled down for malolactic and aging for 15 months in French oak, 15% of which was new.
TASTING NOTES |
Dark cherry and black raspberry aromas with pepper spiciness. The palate is warm with dark fruit flavors of blueberry, cassis, and blackberry compote which are complemented with briary notes and an energetic freshness. Strikes ideal balance of tannins, fruit and acidity.
PRESS | 92 WE | EDITOR'S CHOICE
“This wine presents outstanding value. Velvety thick, it is peppery and bursting in berry bramble, graham cracker and cola. The richness is nicely offset by bursts of acidity that keep it fresh and grounded.“
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