2014 Chalk Hill Chairman's Club Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
This 2014 Zinfandel opens with aromas of raspberry, wild blackberry, dried oregano, black pepper and dark chocolate on the nose. It is complex, deep and and yet vibrant with bright raspberry and fresh dark berry fruit flavors on the forefront that meld beautifully together with savory herbaceous notes.
Russian River Valley
October 11, 2014
26.2° Avg Brix at harvest
14 months; 100% French oak, 40% new
Stainless steel fermentation with pumpovers 100% malolactic fermentation with bâtonnage
December 10, 2015
2014 was a prime year, giving us wines of both finesse and concentration. We brought in a bountiful crop of very tasty fruit. Zinfandel is notorious for being uneven in the vineyard, with green pips, ripe berries and raisins on the same bunch. This vineyard produces absolutely beautiful fruit with virtually no green or raisined grapes.
This is the third vintage of our Russian River Valley Zinfandel. The grapes come from our Trenton Road vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Primarily planted with Pinot Noir, there is one small block on a west-facing hillside that is tailor-made for Zinfandel, the Lions Ridge West Block.