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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
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 12/22/2014: $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:

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 opened his own winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton.

Today, a new generation of winemakers, Katie Madigan and Chris Louton, continues our long tradition of luscious, elegant, fruit-driven wines from Sonoma County grapes. We farm more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, each with varying compositions of loam, clay and volcanic soils. We also nurture long-term relationships with top Sonoma County grape growers, giving the Winery access to some of the region's most coveted old vines Zinfandel and other varietals from acclaimed vineyards.