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Amista 2016 Zinfandel Gene's Block

Amista 2016 Zinfandel Gene's Block


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Our 2016 Saini Farms Zinfandel is brimming with juicy fruit notes: raspberry puree, black cherry, and blueberry jam. Black pepper and hints of pink peppercorn linger on the nose, along with a hint of cinnamon spice. The palate is full of deep, rich blackberry pie filling. The tannins are hefty on this wine and finish delicately with a whisper of acidity and a lingering of the pie filling flavors. This is a vintage that will age quite beautifully.
289 cases made

100% Zinfandel, hand harvested

Gene's Block, Saini Farms, Dry Creek Valley

Healdsburg, California in the heart of Sonoma wine country

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Wine Specs
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Saini Farms
Harvest Date
September 13, 2016
15 months in barrels, 20% new French Oak
Bottling Date
December 14, 2017
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Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.

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