The 6-acre Planchon Vineyard was planted in 1902 in alluvial sand with no irrigation, in a warm inland corner of the Sacramento River Delta. These gnarly old head-trained vines are growing on their own deep roots, and they produce fruit with immense character and round, spicy, caramel flavors.
Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.
- September 13, 2019
Average TA/pH at Harvest:
- 0.62 gm/100ml pH 3.56
- 4 days of cold soak, All fermented in 1-ton bins, hand punched down twice daily. 10 days total on skins
- 20 months aged in: 38% 1-yr old American oak barrels, 62% older American oak barrels
- 80% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane
- 80% Planchon Vineyard, Contra Costa Co Planted 1902, dry-farmed bush vines
(plus 10% Cucamonga, 10% Mendocino Co)
- March 1, 2022