Scatena Brothers Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012
By Scatena Brothers
Zinfandel 2012 Sonoma County
Vineyards: A blend comprising Zinfandel from vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander valleys.
Average Brix At Harvest: 25.6'
Barrel Regime: Aged in American oak and French oak barrels.
Food Affinities: Red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and a variety of meats.
Scatena Bros. Vineyards’ roots are firmly planted in Zinfandel, as our first historic varietal was planted on our Alexander Valley Home Ranch in 1895. Today, we share his passion as we farm estate Zinfandel in Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. This wine combines sites that have produced Zinfandel for over a century with newer sites that utilize proprietary clones and the most advanced viticultural practices. Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained. A green harvest and veraison thinning were performed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance.
The Scatena Bros. were a family of wine pioneers in Sonoma County in the late 1800's. This Zinfandel was created as homage to the history of Sonoma County winemaking and the trailblazing farmers and vintners who established this producing region. With its rich, briary, raspberry fruit expression and silky palate, this wine is an elegant representation of the region today. After harvest and sorting, 30% of the berries were fermented in open-top fermentors with punch down maceration and daily delestage. Maceration time ranged from 9 to 13 days. After fermentation was completed, the wine was aged for eight months in American and French oak barrels, 15% of which were new. 50% pumpover fermentation in closed-top, stainless steel with delestage; 25% small, open-top fermentation with hand punch-down cap management; 25% stainless steel rotary tank fermentation. Fermented on skins from 8 to 12 days before being transferred to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation.
Ripe red and black raspberry and ripe plum fruit aromas mingle with violet floral notes on the effusive nose. The palate echoes the bouquet, highlighted with subtle licorice, clove and pepper spice notes. This Zinfandel is texturally well-balanced between soft round tannins and delicate acidity in the mid-palate, and these characteristics last through the supple, lengthy finish.
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