2016 finally brought much needed rain to Sonoma County, temporarily ending our drought woes. The water helped the vines immensely and we had a beautiful growing season from bloom to harvest. The crop size was about average. Flavors were really beautiful overall from this vintage as well. This year was definitely a standout.
The Saini Farms Gene’s Block Zinfandel was harvested first thing in the morning by hand. The grapes were sorted once in the vineyard and once in the winery before being de-stemmed and left whole berry and put into an open-top tank. The grapes were cold soaked for 4 days to extract the maximum amount of flavor, then inoculated and fermented on the skins for 14 days. After being gently pressed off the skins, the wine was moved to a mixture of new and neutral French oak barrels where it completed malolactic fermentation and was racked just once in the 15 months before being bottled.