Listed on California’s registry of heritage vineyards, this 2½ acre parcel was planted by Vincenzo Picchetti in 1882, and is one of the world’s oldest documented Zinfandel vineyards. While the vast majority of California’s grapevines are grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock and drip-irrigated, these dry-farmed vines owe their salvation to the fact that their natural root systems have penetrated 30-40 feet deep into the fractured limestone aquifers of Montebello in search of life-sustaining water. Wines produced from these gnarly, head-pruned, ancient vines exemplify the definition of fine wine - consistently high-quality, with a distinct character determined by the terrain in which they are grown. The 2013 growing season yielded a very small crop of concentrated brambly fruit, which was crafted with minimum intervention and barrel-aged for 3 years in French oak (67% new barrels). Deep garnet in color, with a fragrant bouquet of resinous boxwood and white pepper, this vintage has a complex texture and a savory mouth feel, accompanied by robust flavors of raspberry, licorice, vanilla and essential oils. It possesses an attractive balance of restrained sweetness and harmonious acidity, with polished tannins that will permit it to evolve in the bottle through 2023. The traditional Picchetti family pairing for this wine was garlic basil polenta with venison sausage and garden vegetables. It will also pair beautifully with spicy BBQ foods, your favorite Italian fare, Cioppino, aged Parmesan cheese or an elegant Chateaubriand.
An unparalleled expression of the Montebello terroir!
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