This wine represents the best lots harvested from Gino Rinaldi’s 100-year-old vineyard in Amador County’s Fiddletown appellation. To showcase the sourcing of the this wine, we have changed the name to reflect the vineyard name as opposed to appellation name. These ancient vines, with their exceptionally low yields, produce Zinfandel that is intensely concentrated and complex.
Originally established in 1865, Gino Rinaldi’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, dryfarmed 100+-year-old vines are naturally self-limiting and produce very low yields, resulting in small clusters of intensely flavored grapes.
A wet winter with moderate rainfall, a mild spring and a warm summer created the ideal growing season. Very warm weather at the beginning of harvest accelerated the need to pick early on in the season. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
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 bright and brooding with aromas of vanilla, and baking spices. Expansive and flavorful, the palate combines dark berry fruits, cherry, cocoa and mixed spices. A long finish lingers on.