This wonderful old vineyard on Moon Mountain has been owned and meticulously cared for by the Martini family of Louis Martini winery since 1938. The turn of the century vines that produce these Zinfandel grapes are picture perfect with their long, graceful, head-pruned arms and their hillside setting overlooking the Sonoma Valley.
Traditional folklore in the Sonoma Valley dictates that planting red grapes in the red volcanic soils of these mountains will produce terrific red wine. The wine from this vineyard is a testimony to that wisdom. Deep, rich, dark color hints of the concentration of this wine. The nose of cherries, plums, leather, pepper and spice are a perfect introduction to the supple, round, full-bodied spicy flavors of Monte Rosso Zinfandel.
There are few Zinfandel vines that rival the quality and complexity of the fruit from Monte Rosso. These are the kinds of grapes that produce wines that age well. These wines should develop delicious bouquet and subtlety in seven to ten years but are so well balanced and flavorful in their youth that they may not survive wanton infanticide by crazed Zinfomaniacs.