2017 Demostene Ranch


Wine Information

61% Zinfandel, 39% Carignane


Alexander Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Rich black currant and cherry blossom on the nose with hints of fresh sage. Well-balanced with nicely integrated tannins. Bright and lively on the palate with a long finish. JO (3/21)
Unlike the many field blend zinfandels we produce, this 95 year old vineyard is planted to one-half zinfandel and one-half carignane. Typically harvested in two picks, first the zinfandel then the carignane, in 2017 heat throughout August hastened ripening and we picked both together on August 30. Higher yields from the zinfandel meant more ripe flavors and a full bodied wine. Fourteen months aging in American oak has incorporated fruit, tannins and acid. Robust, but elegant, this wine can be consumed upon release and will evolve over the next eight years.
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