2016 Roth Smokey Ridge Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
Our Smokey Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel is a unique expression of the famed Dry Creek Valley growing region. The name alludes to the morning fog that covers the vineyard site. Our 2016 Zinfandel has intense aromas and flavors of red raspberry, blackberry, white pepper, allspice, and caramel. Its soft, round tannins frame a sophisticated finish of bright fruit notes.
85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley
September 12 - October 4, 2016
Aged 18 months in French and American oak, 30% new
This Zinfandel hails from the Smokey Ridge Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. This area of Sonoma County has become one of the top Zinfandel growing regions in California. On the cusp of the Russian River Valley, yet within the southern Dry Creek Valley, the Smokey Ridge Vineyard enjoys both cooler, coastal influences and dry, warm inland influences. The long days allow for prime ripening of the fruit creating grapes that mature evenly and slowly to gain balance and nice acidity. After harvest, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeast and then racked to French and American oak barrels. After 18 months in barrel (30% new) with regular lees stirring, the wine was bottled. The 2016 vintage started relatively early, but moderate temperatures and consistently dry, warm days throughout the winter and spring resulted in later ripening of the fruit relative to 2015. Overall, the vintage produced grapes of high quality and balanced acidity. The grapes were harvested in the cool morning hours of September 12 - October 4, 2016.