Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Sausal Family Zinfandel is produced from estate grown grape vines averaging 50 years old. Following fermentation, the wine was aged twenty-one months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, adding complexity. This wine can be aged four to six years from its release date. We recommend you pair this wine with a creamy cheese pasta alfredo or stroganoff. This wine will also lend itself beautifully to a heavy cheeses like a blue, or a mushroom covered fillet.
Wine Spectator - "Zesty and appealingly briary, with easygoing notes of dried cherry, licorice and black pepper. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2017."
Almost seventy years ago, farmer Manuele Demostene established a small winery on his Alexander Valley ranch. Like all other vintners at the time, his winery was equipped by Abele Ferrari, California's leading inventor and manufacturer of winemaking equipment. Their children Leo Demostene and Rose Ferrari married and established their own family home and vineyards in the Alexander Valley. In 1956 they purchased Sausal Ranch, a large tract of prime vineyard land just south of Sausal Creek. It is quality, not quantity, which drives all decisions at Sausal Winery. Wine is part of the good life. Our goal, simply stated, is to produce only the best wines possible. From 130 acres of estate-grown fruit, we have "first pick" of the very finest grapes. Although yields from our mostly older, dry-farmed vineyards are very low- on average only two tons per acre- fully two-thirds of our fruit is sold to other vintners each harvest. View all Sausal Winery Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.1 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 3 with reviewsGVGeorge - Green Valley, AZ25/9/201331/17/2013A little light for my taste in Zinfandels. It is a wine that is okay, but not my favorite.41/8/2013I am a zin lover, and this wine holds its own especially for the price point. I have been to Sausal's tasting room a few years back, and remember enjoying all of their zins, and buy their label whenever I can. This particular wine was a bit lighter, almost leaning towards a pinot. I bought a case and use it as an any-dinner drinker.51/10/2013
First let say this beauty was way-way-way under scored, by far. Nose; Dark Cheries, Vanilla and Oak. Palate; Blackberries/Cheries intertwined and competed in and out of each other to be noticed, followed with a nice subtle oak, ending smooth and velvety, yet still some tanning left to give it a few more good years to even better itself, although this gem is ready now. Which is somewhat unfortunate for me because I only purchased a couple of bottles and cannot get any longer. Excellent wine to bad they sold their winery to Silver Oak, or should I should Hopefully not to bad..Time will tell. I recommend to open at least an hour, made a nice difference in its completionto it's smoothness A solid 93 points..Eric Page - Richmond, CA312/27/2012
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