This wine represents the best lots harvested from Gino Rinaldi’s 100-year-old vineyard in Amador County’s Fiddletown appellation. These ancient vines, with their exceptionally low yields, produce Zinfandel that is intensely concentrated and complex.
Originally established in 1865, Gino Rinald's vineyard sits at 1,600 to 1,800 feet above sea level in the Sierra Foothills. The blocks harvested by Rombauer are more than a century old. These head-trained, dry-farmed 100+-year-old vines are naturally self-limiting and produce very low yields, resulting in small clusters of intensely flavored grapes.
A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard, then transported by refrigerated trucks to our winery in Napa Valley.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
This wine is dark and brooding with aromas of vanilla, spice and licorice. Expansive and dense, the palate combines dark berry fruits, licorice, cocoa and mixed spices. A long finish builds and lingers on.