The Zinfandel hails from the certified-organic Chapman Vineyard (head-pruned vines on an alluvial bench in Redwood Valley) and the Sawyer Vineyard (perched at 1,000 feet overlooking Lake Mendocino and planted with head-pruned vines on St. George rootstock). The Malbec is estate grown in vineyards rich in black clay/gravel at the base of the foothills. The Petite Sirah is from our own steep hillside vineyards and the Niemi Vineyard (20 year-old vines which have been dry-farmed for 15 years). Picking began on Sept. 21 at Saracina and finished with the Niemi Petite Sirah on Oct. 3.
Grapes were picked at full maturity, de-stemmed, and gently transferred into fermenters with almost 100% whole berries. The must soaked at a cool temperature for four to seven days, at which point native yeast fermentation began. Post-fermentation maceration with heat followed for approximately one week. The wine was aged in both Burgundian and American four-year-seasoned oak (10% new) for 18 months, which included five months of native malolactic fermentation. The blend was assembled and bottled in June 2021.
Don’t let the name fool you—this Old Soul has plenty of spicy, dark-fruited oomph to offer. It’s exactly the kind of blockbuster red that’ll really come into its own with a hearty meal. We love classic pork carnitas or anything meaty and indulgent you can put on the smoker or grill (try baby back ribs, juicy burgers, or garlicky lamb kebabs).