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Case - 2010 Arrowhead Red

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Case - 2010 Arrowhead Red
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$450.41


Case of 12 Bottles

2010 Arrowhead Red, Sonoma Valley, California

VARIETAL BLEND: 90% Zinfandel, 7% Mourvedre, 3% Petite Sirah
GRAPE SOURCING: 100% Arrowhead Vineyard, Sonoma Valley AVA
OAK PROGRAM: 11 months in 100% French oak, 20% of which was new
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 300 cases

Vineyard
The towering rows of Arowhead Mountain cling precariously to an almost 65 degree slope at its steepest parts. The vines struggle to hold onto the rocky volcanic soils, causes the intense complexity and layers of peppery spice to shine. The zinfandel grape is done justice by being challenged by the soil and cooler mountainous temperatures, bringing out depth and nuance not seen in other wines.

Vintage
The 2010 growing season was long and steady. With no heat spikes or rain the grapes were allowed to mature at their own rate. It would be hard to imagine a better year for growing grapes in California.

Fermentation and Aging
The grapes for the 2010 Arrowhead Vineyard Zinfandel were picked over a 3 week period starting at the beginning of October. Grapes were hand picked into small bins in the early morning hours. The grapes were crushed into stainless steel fermenters, 15% of the grapes were added as whole clusters. Once fermentation commenced, the must was punched down 2-3 times per day allowing for good color extraction and oxygen incursion.

Winemaker’s Notes
This wine brings the usual black tea, bramble fruits, celery seed, and black/white pepper you get with Arrowhead Vineyard. With the addition of the steep hillside Mourvedre and Petite Sirah you get a little depth and color. The newer plantings of these varietals are from some of the steepest and rockiest parts of the vineyard. More reminiscent of some of the Sonoma Valley Zinfandel field blends made 30 years ago than some of the wines made today. This wine is balanced and food friendly, and very much enjoyable on its own as well.



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