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Inspiration Vineyards 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel

Inspiration Vineyards

2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA


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Tasting Notes:

2011 is a very special vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel for Inspiration Vineyards as they suffered a complete loss of the 2010 crop.

From the “Front Yard” of this quaint little property comes this Zinfandel from 100+ year old vines. Your introduction to this ultra-small production wine fills the nose with distinctive bay and cardamom. On the palate you’ll find concentrated flavors of dried herbs, white pepper, black cherry and cranberry with nicely balanced acidity and low alcohol.

This wine is unfiltered, so the winemaker recommends allowing the wine to rest upright for a few weeks before serving to avoid sediment in your glass.

  • Grapes
    75% Zinfandel (planted in 1898)
    25% Carignan, Palomino, and Alicante
  • Region
    Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
  • Production
    50 Cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Enjoy now, or age up to 10 years.

Jon and Barbara Phillips

About the Winemaker:

Winemakers Barbara and Jon Phillips produced their first barrel of wine in 1999. After seeing their success, they became licensed and bonded in 2001 to produce wine commercially. This is a drastic change from Jon’s previous career in IT where he successfully worked in the Sonoma County, California area.

Like many winemakers in northern California, winemaking is in Jon’s blood. His great-grandparents owned vineyards in the early 1900’s in San Martin, California. In 2001 Barbara and Jon purchased 4.5 acres of vineyards in Sonoma County and in 2002 expanded to contract with another winery so they could produce their first commercial wines. In June of 2003 they officially released their first vintage, with production around 500 barrels. In more recent years they have continued to expand and grow, opening a tasting room and offering daily tours.

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Food Pairing Suggestions:
Zinfandel can stand up to meat dishes and cut through fat providing a perfect balance of flavors. It pairs beautifully with BBQ pork ribs, roast leg of lamb, steak, Italian sausage, venison and brisket. Also try tomato based pasta dishes such as lasagna or spaghetti, beef stew or chili and cheeses such as Parmesan, aged Cheddar or Gouda, Asiago or Pepper Jack.
About the Winery
Inspiration Vineyards Born from a dream and a mid-life career change, Inspiration Vineyards was created in 2002. Jon Phillips' passion for wine, however, dates back much further to his grandparents who made wine in the early 1900's. For years, Jon was determined to break into the wine business by working weekends in tasting rooms, teaching wine classes and ultimately enrolling in a class at UC Davis in Enology and Viticulture. Shortly thereafter Jon made his first barrel of wine, a Zinfandel. Learn more