2009 Zinfandel, Mounts Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley


2009 Zinfandel

Mounts Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Varietal:100% Zinfandel
Appellation:Dry Creek Valley
Harvest:September 2009
Fermentation:Fermented in one-ton open top fermenters
Barrel Aging:11 months in French and American oak
Cases Produced:200
Alcohol:14.2 %

Vineyard Description

Mounts Vineyard, located on the west side of Dry Creek Valley, is a 140 acre ranch farmed by Richard and David Mounts.  This father/son team has been farming in Dry Creek Valley for three generations and their motto is "quality through sacrifice."  Rich's father bought the original 60-acre lot in 1946, then purchased another 40-acres in 1952, and - little, by little - purchased what has become 140-acres of prime vineyard land.

Winemaker Notes

Unlike the big jammy fruit often associated with Zinfandel, this wine has a beautiful floral component.  Because of our proximity to the coast and the Russian River, and our famous red clay soil, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels tend to show a more focused/complex character.  We source our grapes from the La Loma (“the hill”) block of the Mounts Vineyard. This very traditional vineyard is head-pruned and planted to St. George rootstock. We typically refer to this vineyard as our "westside vineyard" because it is across the valley from the winery on the west side of Dry Creek.