St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 111567
  • red wine
  • WS88
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

When we say "old vines," we mean vines at least fifty and often over a hundred years old. The vines must also be head-trained and dry farmed to be included in our "Old Vines" Zinfandel program. St. Francis has found a series of small vineyards in Sonoma County that date back to the turn of the last century.

Because of their great age, these plots yield less than two tons per acre of exceptionally concentrated fruit. Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet vines planted among the Zinfandel add texture and color to this "field blend." We hand-pick late so that some of the grapes have become raisins, further intensifying the varietal flavors. Once crushed, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for twelve to eighteen days, then aged in new American oak barrels from twelve to fifteen months. The wine is held another four to eight months after bottling.

This distinct "old world style" of wine displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and licorice, rich with spice and toasty oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Dark and concentrated, boasting burly blackberry, cracked pepper and roasted anise flavors. Finishes with a tannic grip. Drink now through 2015. 28,000 cases made."
88 Points

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Rating:
(8/3/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
St Francis is great quality for the price - can't go wrong with Zinfandel from St Francis. Stock up!
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Rating:
(1/14/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
For a Zinfandel this is the creme-de-la-creme. Just a wonderful wine with fruity overtones and a great balance. Able to stand up to spicy foods as a Zin should and a great example of the variety. I've savored every bottle and will buy more!
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Rating:
(11/14/2011)
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Pair with: Beef > BBQ, Pork > BBQ, Chicken > BBQ, Beef > Hot Spices
Love this Zinfandel! It is truely an Old Vine Zin, made with grapes from vines over 50 years old. Mild spiceyness and tannins make it a great pear with peppery or spicy dishes but not to bold that I can't enjoy just a glass by itself.
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Learn About St. Francis Map ItMap It

For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. Our founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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