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Director's Cut Zinfandel 2016

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Exceptional luscious flavors

Enticing and beautiful aromas

Retail: $29.00
Member Price $21.75
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DIRECTOR'S CUT WINES

Director's Cut wines embrace appellation specific sourcing, meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials, so that they capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma's microclimates.

With its unique wraparound label designed after a Zoetrope strip, one of the earliest moving picture devices, each Director’s Cut label is a replica of a strip from Francis’s personal Zoetrope collection. Director's Cut wines embrace appellation specific sourcing meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials so that they capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma's microclimates.

DRY CREEK VALLEY

There are two techniques for growing Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. One consists of traditional farming practices and includes the dry farming of mature vines that are head-trained, spur-pruned, and severely thinned in the Spring to produce low yields. The other method utilizes bilateral cordon spur pruning, on-wire trellising, drop irrigation, and carefully manicured canopies. We source our Zinfandel from vineyards that are farmed both ways. The combination produces wine that's multi-dimensional and extracted.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

2016 experienced a traditional season where a cold, wet winter was followed by prolonged summer heat that let the fruit develop excellent flavor concentration and ripe tannins. Harvest was spread out over many weeks, creating a slow pace that allowed the winemaking team to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. This extra care is reflected in the exceptional quality of the wine.

TASTING NOTES

Fragrant aromas of sweet spice notes, wood, tobacco, and whiskey barrels, makes this wine a favorite among many. The flavors of cherries, blackberries, cloves, and cocoa enhance the aromas by intertwining together to create a long luscious finish.

Blend: 89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah

Barrel Regimen: 17 months in French & American oak; 20% new barrels

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