The 2009 Vintage: The growing season was favorable while an early freeze mid-October delayed harvest, resulting in grapes having higher acid levels and lower sugars.
The Wine: Black raspberry scents, nose indicates rich flavors. Lively red currant flavors with some sage and thyme spices. Balanced, GOOD red wine! Strong, lingering finish with some delicacy for this usually powerful varietal.
Food Matches: All red meats, especially lamb on the barbeque. Perfect for those braised dishes calling for fresh-tasting red wine and well-match with chicken.
Date of Harvest: 10.08.2009
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Brix at Harvest: 24.8
Alcohol: 15.3 %
Varietal: 79% Zinfandel, 9 % Tempranillo, 5% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 % Petite Verdot
Type of oak: Hungarian, 30% new barrels
Cases produced: 798