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In the 24th bottling of ‘Old Vines’ Zinfandel, August Briggs realizes this wine is not only about an enjoyment of the senses but also a tribute to the magical old vines located around them in California. The 2018 Old Vines Zinfandel is sourced from two incredible old vine vineyards. The main source comes from the Luvisi family whose grapes were planted in 1908 and has been the building block of August Briggs’ Old Vine Zinfandel since the beginning. The second vineyard is the historic Del Barba vineyard located in the delta town of Oakley and has own-rooted, dry farmed Zinfandel grapes that were planted in 1910.
Each vineyard block was harvested and fermented separately. The clusters were all hand sorted before being destemmed into small open-top fermenters, and punched-down twice daily by hand. Following fermentation and pressing, they were inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down. The barrels used were 35% new hybrid French/American oak from the Demptos cooperage, and 65% two to three year old French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 16 months.
“Very aromatic with notes of ripe boysenberries, blackberry pie, licorice, cinnamon, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is flashy and expressive with flavors of wild raspberries, currant, and mocha.”
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