Russian River Vly
96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane
Just a stone's throw from Carlisle Vineyard, this "grand dame" of the Russian River Valley was planted in 1934 by Charley (Carlo) Papera. While many old-vine vineyards contain plenty of mixed black varieties, most of the blocks at Papera Ranch are 95+% Zinfandel. One block, however, does contain a significant amount of Carignane with a sprinkling of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Valdiguié. Given its cool location, this vineyard is typically picked in late October.
The must was cold soaked for 5 days before indigenous fermentation began. After 16 days on the skins it was pressed to French oak, 25% new
aged for 12-14 months in French oak barrels 25% being new.
Penetrating aromas of framboise liqueur with a touch of savory herbs. On the palate it's balanced with intense red berry fruit and a full texture and bright acidity.
A compelling wine, with expressive blackberry and briary underbrush aromas and refined yet evocative cherry, smoky mint and pepper aromas that linger toward plump tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027
The 2015 Zinfandel Papera Ranch offers a good initial burst of dark cherry and plum fruit, but then has a bit less persistence follow-through on the mid-palate and finish. Succulent and forward, the 2015 looks like it will drink well upon release. This is not an especially subtle style.
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