Benovia Winery Zinfandel
Planted in 1970, this hillside vineyard is planted on a steep, rocky slope on our estate at the northern end of the Russian River Valley. We dry-farm these gnarled vines to produce small and compact clusters with incredible fruit intensity and bright acidity. After cluster sorting, destemming and berry sorting this wine was fermented utilizing open-top fermenters and the wine is aged in thin staved Bordeaux barrels on fine lees, without racking.
Nose: This wine exhibits lively aromas of vine-ripened blackberries, mulberry and baking spices.
Palate: On the palate, the fruit in this wine is in perfect harmony with its bright acidity, fine tannins and spice-laden finish. Polished and precise, with an elegantly briary core showing raspberry, roasted sage and bold black pepper notes.
Finish: Utilizing Burgundian techniques produce an elegant and restrained Zinfandel, while still capturing the intensity of the varietal. This wine is delicious upon release but will benefit from 3-7 years of cellar aging.