Appellation: Russian River Valley
Harvest Date: September 7th, 2007
Blend: 100% Zin
Barrel aging: 18 months in 35% Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels
TA: 0.60g/100 ml
Production: 166 cases
After almost twenty years of being on the forefront of the Zin advocacy movement and making great Zins for other wineries I finally committed to making one for MIRO Cellars. The evolution of Zin in my opinion is toward balance instead of power, terroir expression instead of the sameness of modern winemaking; elegance instead of brute force.
Vineyard: The vineyard is located behind Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg on the banks of the Russian River where two great appellations-Alexander and Russian River Valleys overlap. This 80 year old dry-farmed vineyard is a part of a historic property owned by the Passalacqua/Seghesio families and currently used for their Old Vines blend. The microclimate there is much cooler than Alexander Valley, but warmer than the greater Russian River.
Soils: Predominantly well-drained sandy/gravelly loam, with relatively low fertility—perfect for head pruned Zins and Petites.
The Vintage: 2007 is shaping up as one the best so far in this decade. The weather was nearly perfect without excessive heat allowing the grapes to “hang” on the wines and mature without any stress. The fruit set was very well balanced as well, matching the vines potential to perfectly ripen the grapes.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested on September 7th at (modest for Zin) 24.5 Brix sugar. The acid and pH were spot on without the need for any corrections. The grapes were sorted and destemmed to about 80% whole berries with minimum raisins and jacks into a small open top tanks for punch down fermentation. Total time from crush to pressing was 11 days. The wine was aged in a mixture of 35% new Balkan, French and Hungarian oak barrels.
Winemaker’s Notes: The first impression is of a mélange of wild berries, cranberries and cherries; the nose is clean, focused and well-defined. Further aeration reveals intriguing Asian spices with elements of cocoa, vanilla and sweet oak. The wine has a firm structure with a long and juicy finish. Drink now or age for 2-5 years.