2017 Foley Sonoma Patty's Patch Zinfandel, Alexander Valley
Our 2017 Patty’s Patch Zinfandel is sure to grip your palate! It is distinguished by having a remarkable brambleberry and black prune bouquet coupled with white pepper and toffee. On the palate there is an explosion of bramble, black cherry, and black prune finishing with a hint of caramel and a firm natural acidity.
88% Zinfandel, 10% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
21 months in French and American oak, 30% new
The vineyards of Foley Sonoma lie at the heart of our estate in the Alexander Valley. Patty’s Patch Zinfandel hails from our estate, head-pruned Zinfandel vines that were planted in 2000. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and then racked to French and American oak barrels. After aging for 21 months in barrel (30% new) with regular lees stirring, the wine was bottled.
Harvest 2017 was an excellent vintage in the Alexander Valley. A relatively cool ripening season in August was followed by a four-day, 115 degree heat spike, which pushed all fruit that was on the fringes of ripeness well into full maturity. Luckily, grape quality was not compromised, and once the fruit arrived, it was fantastic to work with. Although the heat spike was much maligned at the time, all of our fruit, aside from a single block of Cabernet Franc, was in and processed by the time the fires hit at the beginning of October.