Don Albini and his wife Beth have nurtured this backyard planting of Zin vines for their own label, Albini Family Vineyards, until they decided to give it up and sell the fruit to local wineries and rest on their laurels. The vines are about 30 years old, about 75% trellis/cordon trained and 25% head-trained, and the fruit was a real “sleeper” from the 2020 harvest, producing a deep, richly berry-fruited wine that is phenomenal with food!
Inky color, super concentrated nose of blackberry fruit and peppery spice, with a lovely strap of leather that follows the creamy oak all the way thru the long and vivid finish—bright acidity keeps the berries singing well into the zingy finish. This will pair so well with rare steak and tomato-sauced pasta!
- September 15, 2020
Average TA/pH at Harvest:
- 0.57 gm/100ml pH 3.39
- all bin-fermented & hand punched down twice daily. Total of 10 days on skins, including 3 days cold soak pre-fermentation.
- 18 months in oak barrels. 25% new Hungarian, 25% new American & 50% older American and French.
- 96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane
- Russian River Valley
- February 15, 2023