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2014 Estate Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Aging
French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels, with 25% new oak overall.
Bottling Date
January 2016
Alcohol %
14.6
Robert Parker
89

2014 Estate Zinfandel

From its lush, brambly character to its alluring layers of black cherry, boysenberry and dark plum, this is a classic expression of Zinfandel. On the palate, the vibrant fruit flavors are underscored by notes of vanilla, spice and sweet tobacco leaf. While the texture is supple and creamy, good acidity keeps the flavors lively, while carrying the wine to long, bright finish.

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SKU: SLZNE142

From its lush, brambly character to its alluring layers of black cherry, boysenberry and dark plum, this is a classic expression of Zinfandel. On the palate, the vibrant fruit flavors are underscored by notes of vanilla, spice and sweet tobacco leaf. While the texture is supple and creamy, good acidity keeps the flavors lively, while carrying the wine to long, bright finish.

Wine Profile
Vineyards
At Stuhlmuller, two special blocks have been set aside for growing small amounts of exceptional Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. These vines are head pruned to augment the natural intensity of the hillside fruit. The budwood for this Zinfandel came from the prized 115-year-old Teldeschi clone, a legendary selection from Dry Creek Valley.
The Clones
Our Zinfandel and Petite Sirah were co-fermented as 100% whole berries in open-top tanks, where they spent 15 days on the skins. Aging was done in a mixture of French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels, with 25% new oak overall. The wine was racked twice and spent 16 months in barrel.
The Vintage
In 2014, a very mild winter and spring resulted in early budbreak and bloom. While drought conditions continued in 2014, some extremely well-timed spring rains helped achieve a good moisture profile in our estate soils, and contributed to exceptional quality fruit. While everything happened earlier in 2014, a good size crop slowed the overall pace of ripening, ultimately providing approximately the same amount of hangtime as a normal year, but with the fruit coming into the winery well in advance of any fall rains.
Winemaking
Our Zinfandel and Petite Sirah were co-fermented as 100% whole berries in open-top tanks, where they spent 15 days on the skins. Aging was done in a mixture of French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels, with 25% new oak overall. The wine was racked twice and spent 16 months in barrel.
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