Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
Zinfandelic’s 2017 Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel is sourced from sustainably farmed old vine vineyards nestled in the Sierra Foothills, home to some of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards in the world.
The high altitude vineyards yield a bold Old Vine Zinfandel, with rich, complex flavors of blackberry, plum, and black cherry accented by hints of earth, vanilla and pepper. The old vines impart elegant, intense tannins that provide excellent structure for this full-bodied wine. The fresh fruit characteristics are balanced by lively acidity, hallmarks of the Sierra Foothills. Zinfandelic's Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel wine makes an excellent food pairing choice for anything hot off the grill, such as grilled tri-tip steak. Try slicing up the steak and throwing it on top of a sourdough dinner roll.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A classic structure and good depth of flavor bring rich fruit and an appetizing texture to the fore in this full-bodied wine. Hints of vanilla and cedar lead to ripe black-cherry and plum flavors, while light, peppery, earthy accents keep it interesting.
"Zinfandelic is a tribute to personal love for the 1960s rock music and the free expression of the Zinfandel grape. Each wine is crafted as it's own song, to be enjoyed and shared with others." - Daniel LeFrancois
Daniel LeFrancois started Zinfandelic with the vision of creating a true California wine focused around California's quintessential varietal, Zinfandel. With a label inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s, Zinfandelic captures the spirit of Zinfandel, California's quintessential wine. Zinfandelic's labels are a reflection of the posters that captured that era - Flower Power, Haight-Ashbury and Psychedelic Rock. Just as the hippy cultural movement was making its way out of California and into the rest of the world, so too was Zinfandel wine.
Since their first vintage in 2005, the Zinfandelic collection has grown to feature Zinfandel wines that expressions of the region, soil and climate from where they are sourced. The high altitude old vines of the Sierra Foothills are expressed through an earthier wine with bramble vine notes. Lodi, the "Zin Capitol of the World," features lush fruit flavors. While Mendocino's coastal influence delivers a robust, full-bodied Zin.
While you might not be able to go back in time to the Summer of Love, enjoy California through a wine that captures the spirit of a memorable generation.
Originally a source of oenological sustenance for gold-seeking miners of the mid-1800s, the Sierra Foothills was the first region in California to produce wines from European grape varieties. Located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, this area’s immigrant settlers chose to forgo growing the then-ubiquitous Mission grape and instead brought with them superior vines from the Old World to plant alongside mining camps.
Zinfandel has been the most important variety of this region since its inception, taking on a spicy character with brambly fruit and firm structure. Amador and El Dorado counties, benefiting from the presence of volcanic and granite soils, are home to the best examples. Bold, robust Rhône Blends and Barbera are also important regional specialties.
Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.