In 2013, the growing season was early, starting with a warm wet spring, then an exceptional summer that briefly yielded to a wayward storm in late September. Harvest of ripe fruit began at Firesteed's Estate Vineyard on Hwy. 99W on September 16th, then three days later at our Erratic Oaks Vineyard on Ballard Road. Picking continued there and several other selected sites around the Willamette Valley, finishing up on October 15th. Our 2013 Pinot Noir continues the Firesteed tradition of a consistent fruit driven style, achieved with gentle techniques in the cellar and imagination in the vineyard. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation, and racked as soon as the wine finished malo-lactic fermentation. A touch of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavors and enhance complexity. Lively and expressive, this wine's aromas of raspberry, cinnamon, blueberry and flavors of cocoa powder and Rainier cherry encourage second sip before flowing into the soft, lingering finish. Wine Analysis pH: 3.59 TA: 5.50 g/l Alcohol: 12.0%
2014 Zinphomaniac Reserve Old Vines Sonoma County Zinfandel 750 ml Wine
Manufacturer: Mendocino Wine Company
Sonoma County enjoyed a spectacular 2014 growing season. Winter rains in February and March contributed to an early growing season. A moderately warm summer lead to perfect ripening of the grapes and harvest commenced in September. The wines from this vintage are best characterized as intensely aromatic with ripe fruit, fine tannins and deep, rich color. Hand-picked and destemmed Dry Creek Valley grapes were gently pressed followed by pump overs during fermentation for enhanced flavor development and color concentration. Post fermentation the wine experienced a short period of extended maceration further enhancing the flavor and color. Subsequently the wine was transferred for twelve months aging into a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak.
In 2014, we selected the majority of our Pinot Noir from Olson Ranch Vineyard, which is located in the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The vines on Olson Ranch sprawl along the sides of the Highlands, where they receive optimal sunlight and cooling Pacific breezes. The 2014 growing season was warm and dry throughout, leading to early ripening and eventually an early harvest. Ripe, fruit forward flavors with a crisp acidity are characteristic of this vintage in the glass. The balance of this wine was sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, another cool coastal growing region renowned for producing classic Pinot Noir wines.