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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1996
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1996
(search item no. 476)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

St. Francis released its first Old Vine Zinfandel in 1990. The grapes were from a 75 year old vineyard in Sonoma County. Since that first release, St. Francis has added numerous small old vine vineyards to our Zinfandel family. All the vines are at least 50 years old and many are 80 to 100 years of age. All the vineyards are located in Sonoma County. Among these turn of the century Zinfandel vineyards are Petit Syrah and Alicante Bouchet vines which add to color and texture of the "field blend" wine. Due to the prodigious age of the vines, the different microclimates and dry farming, these parcels yield as little as one and not more than four tons per acre of exceptionally concentrated grapes. Harvest is timed so that when the grapes are picked, some of the clusters have become raisins, resulting in intensified varietal flavors.

The grapes are hand harvested and crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasts 12 to 18 days. The different lots are then racked into new American oak barrels, for an aging period of 12 to 15 months. The wine is assembled without fining or filtration, bottled and held for four to eight months prior to release.

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About St. Francis Winery:

St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for "maximum extraction, minimal interaction."

St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.