2008 Forchini Vineyard 
Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley
Forchini Vineyard
Zinfandel

2008

wine bottle

Specifics

Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Vintage
2008
Release Date
May 2010
Blend
95% Zinfandel
5% Petite Sirah 
Cases Produced
282
Barrel Regime
Barrel aged 10 months
100% French oak
77% new oak 
Alcohol
14.4%
Price
$55

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Forchini Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

95% Zinfandel
5% Petite Sirah 

We couldn’t be happier with the quality of fruit being sourced from the Forchini family’s vineyard located along the eastern bench of Dry Creek Valley. Even sun exposure on this bench land vineyard helps to create intense varietal character in their Zinfandel fruit.

In 2008, we harvested from two blocks of the Forchini ranch – blocks we have named “Pond” and “Acre”. While the fully ripened Zinfandel fruit brings character, we were able to further improve the quality with our berry-sorting technique. One of only a handful of wineries to employ this technique, we carefully, meticulously and diligently sort through (by hand!) all of the berries after the stems have been removed. This technique, while highly labor intensive and often backbreaking, allows us the opportunity to achieve the holy grail of winemaking – fully flavored mature fruit that is perfectly balanced in sugar and acid. It’s “all hands on deck” when a crop of this nature arrives at the winery!

Following a 2-day cold soak we employed whole-berry fermentation for 100% of the fruit…a very gentle process which yields maximum flavor coupled with impeccable balance. In the end, and we think you will agree, the effort is worth the prize!

This wine is packed with flavors and aromas, seductive and alluring. The nose offers cherry-cola, dusty chocolate, baking spice and raspberry compote (raspberry pie anyone?), which the palate confirms with flavors of fresh red berries and rose petal.

The combination is tantalizing and deep, causing you to wonder: Which is better…contemplation or consumption?

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