J.Rickards Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyards
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J.Rickards Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyards - 2018

Item # 33543 750mL
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
USA
Region
Sub-Region
Appellation/Village
Alexander Valley
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Tasting Notes

The Brignole vineyard was planted in 1908 so you can rest assured that you will be drinking a big, bold red wine. These are truly older vines from loam and California jade soils. This was aged in oak (50/50 American and French), 50% of which were new.


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Staff Pick Notes

Passion for farming is a key principle for Jim Rickards. This drive is shared with the entire team at the vineyard and is demonstrated in the way they do everything. For example, they choose to do labor-intensive chip grafting because it allows them to make wines from vines according to taste. Zinfandel was the the first variety planted, and the results of the older vines are dense, aromatic, with high acidity and typicity that shines through taste after taste. Located in the famed Alexander Valley in Sonoma, I can't imagine a more impressive place to produce world-class wines.

- SCB

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