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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2008
St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 111567)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 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
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

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.

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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.