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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1999
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 1999
(search item no. 42740)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $23.84

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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

St. Francis released its first "Old Vines" Zinfandel in 1989. The grapes were hand-harvested 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. To meet our "old vines" criteria the vineyards must be 50 years and older, many are 80 to 100 years of age.

The 1999 "Old Vines" Zinfandel is again a big bold flavored Zin that you would expect from these ancient vines. Rich in character and texture, layers of complex flavors unfolding on the palate makes this wonderfully jammy Zin a favorite with St. Francis Zinophiles.

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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.