Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA
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- Color: "Dorothy's slippers" red
- Aromas: cherry, blackberry, pomegranate, red twizzler, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, thyme, sage, mint, eucalyptus
- Palate: ripe red fruit, light and clean acidity, well integrated tannins, long and velvety finish
Nalle Winery 2018 Classic Zinfandel is a great example of a Zinfandel that is not jammy. Lower alcohol makes it refreshing and easy drinking
RegionDry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA
Aging PotentialDecant and drink now or age for 4 to 7+ years from vintage
This classic 50/50 two-vineyard blend of Nalle Estate Old Vine Zinfandel and Bernier-Sibary field blend, is a testimony to over 36 years of experience in bottling balanced, flavorful Zin reflective of Dry Creek Valley. The estate 93 year old vines are dry-farmed and head trained, yielding intense fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and structured tannins. Soils here are well-drained, gravelly clay and loam which help to impart layered notes of raspberry and strawberries. The Bernier-Sibary ‘Zinyard’ yields fruit with focused, lively flavors. Harvested and fermented together, the Petite Sirah and Carignane add color and mid-palate strength to complement the brambly, complex flavors. Slightly acidic, fine loamy soils formed from sandstone and found mainly in steep mountainous areas encourage the development of small berries with tempered acidity and weighty tannin structure.
Meticulously hand sorted at the crusher. Fermented in small open-top tanks. Aged exclusively in French oak (Alain Fouquet, Demptos, Francois Freres) 25% new, for 11 months.
The 2018 growing season was smooth sailing with weather conditions conducive to growing high quality wine grapes. Cooler temperatures at night and no heat spikes allowed for longer hang-time on the vine, leading to wines marked by depth of flavor, greater levels of rounded tannins, balanced acidity, and moderate alcohol levels. In a nutshell, 2018 was bountiful and flavorful.