2015 Chalk Hill Chairman's Club Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
This 2015 Zinfandel opens with aromas of cherry liqueur, wild berry, chocolate and peppery spice. The palate is strikingly broad with flavors of fresh dark berries that meld beautifully with savory herbaceous notes and sweet tannins. The finish is long and full with a hint of of black pepper making this a perfect wine to pair with spiced lamb.
Food Pairing Notes
The finish is long and full with a hint of of black pepper making this a perfect wine to pair with spiced lamb.
97% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah
Russian River Valley
October 1, 2015
26.7° Avg Brix at harvest
14 months; 100% French oak, 50% new
Stainless steel fermentation with pumpovers; 100% malolactic fermentation with bâtonnage
December 7, 2016
2015 was another prime vintage with moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer. 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 fourth vintage of our Russian River Valley Zinfandel, made exclusively for our wine club and tasting room. 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.