2009 Diener Ranch Zinfandel
Red Hills Lake County
17 months French oak, 30% 1 year old
March 4, 2011
The 2009 Diener Ranch Zinfandel exhibits loads of blackberry, plum, chocolate and a hint of dried herbs on the nose. In the mouth you will find the same characteristic dustiness from the red volcanic soils as in previous vintages, and the body is rounder with subtle mouth coating tannins. As such, the DR Zin pairs great with spicy foods like Kansas City barbeque from Oklahoma Joes, or pasta with arrabbiata sauce from North Beach, San Francisco.
We vinify the Diener Ranch Zinfandel similar to all of our bigger reds: four to five day cold soaks with 2x daily pump-overs followed by 2x daily vigorous punch downs. Unlike our Pinot Noir and Syrah, we do not add any whole-clusters during fermentation. As this Zinfandel does exhibits less shoulder strength than our Petite Sirah, we rack only three or four times with little splashing for air. The 2009 Diener Ranch Zin was aged 17 months in French oak, 0% new, 30% one-year old.
200 cases produced.