92 Points - Wine Spectator, August 31, 2016
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Issue #223, March, 2016
Mancini Vineyard was planted in 1922 in the old world method of mixed planting. There is Zinfandel, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, Grenache, Mataro, and other unidentified vines in this amazing old vineyard. A true field blend, Mancini Zin is as interesting and complex to taste as the vineyard itself!
Very complexly layered black fruits, deep and dark and brooding. Freshly ground black pepper, augmented by full spice cupboard. Cedary, creamy oak, a bit of vanilla, a touch of aromatic blueberry. Rich in mouth, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth.
- October 28, 2013
- 3 days cold soak prior to fermentation for a total of 18 days total on skins 100% bin-fermented & punched down by hand
- 17 months in barrels: 20% new French, 20% new American, 60% neutral French
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
- February 2016