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Dear Friends,

Finally, some Sonoma Valley Zinfandel! After the very short ’10 and ’11 harvests with little wine, we decided we couldn’t just wait around for Zinfandel to materialize on the bulk market. While we have terrific producer partners out in Lodi, variety is the spice of life. The freshness, structure, and complexity of Sonoma Valley or Dry Creek Zins are well worth a look.

Today’s release, Lot 429 2012 Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zinfandel comes from 30-40 year old vines just up the valley from the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard (I throw that in there not because the soils are similar, but really to give you an idea of where the vineyard is – Monte Rosso is in a league of its own). Part of a grapes-to-wine partner program with the grower (who gets $2500-$3000/ton, which equates to $25-$30/bottle), the wine was produced and barrel aged (100% French oak) under our watchful eye at a winery in Alexander Valley.

Boisterous nose of raspberry and plum with hints of sage and violet. There is a deep tootsie roll bass note here as well once the wine gets some air. The palate is rich with blackberry and ripe plum notes that meld beautifully with the tannins. Long finish redolent with fruit and chocolate and a fantastic black pepper note that really only comes out with significant aeration. Clearly, the pepper note will grow in the bottle. Rich, yet racy, this is a dynamite Zinfandel with more complexity than you would ever expect at this price point.

As a New Release special offer, go ahead and take 15% off any 1 case purchase until Thursday night at midnight (Wine Club members get 20% off) as long as it includes one bottle of Lot 429 (mix and match the whole store!).

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with your order, please don't hesitate to email us or call 800-805-1971.


Cheers!


Cameron Hughes



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