2016 Wooldridge Creek Zinfandel

2016 Wooldridge Creek Zinfandel

THE VINEYARD

The Wooldridge Creek Vineyard is located in Southern Oregon near the town of Grants Pass in the Applegate Valley Appellation. It is a hillside vineyard planted with an elevation of 1800’. The vines are densely planted at 1200 vines per acre, running north to south to allow for maximum exposure to the sun. All the vineyards are planted on Josephine soil, a soil type known for its excellent drainage. Approximately half the fruit was green pruned (thinned at the time of veraison) to assure low yields and concentration of fl avors. We closely monitored each vineyard block as harvest approached, and the picking dates were chosen based on taste. All grapes were harvested in ideal conditions at 25º Brix.

VINIFICATION

This wine was hand-crafted to achieve a fully extracted and complex style. 10% whole clusters were used to enhance the spiciness of the wine. Cold maceration preceded fermentation, which was conducted in open-top, Burgundian-style tanks. The wine was allowed 23 days of skin contact and daily punch downs before being gravity fed directly to barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation occurred during a 9 month period. The wine spent 16 months in French oak (25% new) from a variety of coopers. A small amount of Merlot was blended in to add some fl avor complexity to the wine. It was bottled unfi ltered and lightly fined.

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$45.00 per Bottle
 
Vintage 2016
Varietal Zinfandel
Size 750 ml