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2012 Zinfandel, Ancient Vine

Picchetti Estate
Santa Cruz Mountains
10 Barrels produced

Pricing Per Bottle (750 ml)
$64.95 / Bottle

2012 Zinfandel, Ancient Vine
About This Wine:
This dry-farmed, gnarly, head-pruned ancient vine Zinfandel is a classic example of what low yields, quality fruit and minimum intervention in the winemaking process can accomplish. Planted in 1882, these vines were the very first to be cultivated on Montebello, and when the Picchetti's transitioned from grapes into orchard farming during the dark days of Prohibition (1920-1933), they chose to retain this small 1 acre parcel because of the consistently high quality of wine that it produced. The sensational 2012 vintage boasts a deep garnet color along with abundant aromas of pomegranate, blackberry, molasses and charcoal. It has a complex texture and a savory mouthfeel with flavors of dried red fruit, cinnamon, graham crackers and white pepper. Barrel-aged for 36-months in French oak (50% new barrels), this rich medium-to-full bodied wine possesses an attractive balance of restrained sweetness and harmonious acidity with polished tannins that will permit it to evolve in the bottle through 2022. 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, aged Parmesan cheese or an elegant Chateaubriand. Because of the limited production, we are restricting purchases to just 2-bottles per customer. Bellissimo!
Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2012
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
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