Winemakers

John Wilson

Technical Data

Acidity
6.4 g/L - pH: 3.76

Alcohol
14.9%

Suggested Retail Price

$17.99

Noble Tree

Estate Zinfandel 2013

Background

Noble Tree Wines was founded in 2010 to meet the demand for high quality, varietally correct wines at value pricing. The grapes for these wines have been sourced from premium growers in California but increasing demand for Noble Tree Wines resulted in a purchase of two Estate Vineyards, Wickersham Ranch and Chalk Hill Estate Ranch – Russian River Valley from which Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel are now produced commencing with the 2013 Vintage.

Appellation

Russian River Valley, California

Varietal Composition

100% Zinfandel

Vintage Notes

The 2013 Zinfandel is from a very rocky site in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill, and is a combination of vines planted in in 1885 (some of the oldest vines in Sonoma County) and 1973.

Winemaking

The clusters were hand-picked, double sorted and fermented whole berry in open-top fermenters for 18 days. Punch-downs, instead of pump-overs were utilized in an effort to keep the wine delicate and avoid over-extraction.

Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 40% new.

Tasting Notes

The dark, inky, garnet and purple color is followed by abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notes of graphite, spice box and earthy undertones. Stunning depth, full-bodied and opulent, while maintaining a sense of elegance, subtlety and balance.