Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe, peppery jam, from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor, showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer. This wine offers flavors of blackberry, plum and boysenberry with a touch of red fruit jam and baking spices.
When Rod Strong first acquired benchland acreage on Westside Road just behind the winery, he wisely chose to leave untouched, the 15 acres of old, gnarled Zinfandel vines that had been thriving there since 1904. Today we still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of vineyards we farm to the north in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys.
Early winter showers were followed by a warm, dry beginning to the new growing season, setting the stage for an early bud break. Alternating overcast days and heat waves continued through spring and summer, with a particularly hot period in late June, and an unseasonal rain in July. We harvested this Zinfandel from August 21 through September 12 under ideal conditions.