Vineyard: 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.
Orientation: 102' elevation
Soil: Huichica loam
Vinification: 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
Aging: aged for 12-14 months in French oak barrels 25% being new.
Production: 658 cases
Notes: 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.