2016 Zinfandel, Louvau 'Block 2'
This special bottle of wine is from our favorite vineyard section—called “Block 2”—in the Louvau Vineyard, a Dry Creek Valley vineyard from which we’ve been making wine since 2001. These vines grow out of the rocky ground on the “bench” of the east Dry Creek Valley, and the Block 2 grapes are from a particularly steep and rocky part of the vineyard on the eastern lip of the property.
As is typical, these vines ripened early, and were harvested in early September. In 2016, the grapes ripened particularly early, and produced very dark, concentrated fruit that made a wine with great structure and complexity. From the start, the Block 2 grapes gained a beautiful dark purple color within just a few days in the fermenter.
As always, we hand-sorted the grapes on a conveyor
belt on the way to the crusher to eliminate any leaves, rocks, or imperfect fruit. The crushed grapes were then fermented using only the native yeast population on the surface of the grapes (rather than commercial dried yeasts) to conduct the fermentation. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. The wine was aged for 18 months in one-year or older French oak barrels, to keep the vibrancy of the fruit.
Production: 106 cases
Purple with a reddish rim
Black cherry, chocolate, strawberry compote, earthy and spicy, but with hints of lavender floral notes
Sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit, pomegranate, and chocolate. Very velvety texture, bright juicy acidity, great tannic structure, earthy, and minerals in midpalate. Shows a great complexity and fruit/acid balance. Very persistent black cherry and pepper spice finish.