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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 baking spices.
Enjoy this Zin now with grilled ribs, roasted vegetables, or a chicken barbecue pizza.
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.
A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by some overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September. We harvested this Zinfandel from September 3 through September 24 under ideal conditions.