Brambly fresh raspberry and black plum start off on this wine, with nuanced sandalwood, white pepper and clove. The front palate is complex, and fruit driven and really shows off the beauty and depth of this vintage. Raspberry coulis and cassis dominate the fruit tones, and sandalwood, a touch of earth and deep toasted notes of baking spice complete the palate. The texture is juicy and bold with surprising tannins and a long, juicy finish. This wine is delicious today and will age well over 5-7 years.
2018 was a stellar vintage in Dry Creek Valley. After a moderate winter, with a good amount of precipitation, the growing season was warm but gentle and without any heat spikes or inclement weather. It was a great vintage for Dry Creek Zinfandel (and many other varietals). There was a bigger than average crop this year across the board, but our almost 50-year-old Zinfandel vines balanced themselves out nicely. We ended picking about two weeks later than usual, towards the end of September.
The Saini Vineyards 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 destemmed 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 13 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 11 months before being bottled.
213 cases made