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 notes of blackberry, plum and boysenberry with a touch of red fruit jam and creamy vanilla.
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 since 1904. Today, we still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of vineyards we farm to the north in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys.
The 2017 growing season was about as close to ideal as we can get. We received about an average amount of rain over winter, with only one big storm coming through in early Martch that topped off soil moisture. Spring was very pleasang, so the vines got off to a great, albeit early start. Average temperatures continued through the summer, with the occational heat spike. Warm temperatures continued into the fall, so the Zinfandel and Syrah harvest started earlier than normal. Our harvest kicked off in mid-September for our Old Vines Zinfandel.