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Zinfandel 2019, Primitivo, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

Zinfandel 2019, Primitivo, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
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An ancient variety from long ago plantings along the Adriatic comes to life in this limited production bottling. We replanted a block of our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard to the Primitivo clone of Zinfandel over a decade ago. We have decided to set aside some barrels for our friends and club members to enjoy another, zesty and spicy interpretation of our areas benchmark grape. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Specs
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bradford Mountain Estate
Harvest Date
26.3 (at harvest)
6.8 g/L
25 months in 50% new French oak barrels, 50% 3-year-old French oak barrels
Bottling Date
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Seductive aromas of spice-woven blackberry merge with hints of white floral and dusty earth notes. The smooth entry offers concentrated boysenberry and strawberry with a touch of huckleberry. Subtle cinnamon and sweet smokey tobacco enhance the flavors, while supple tannins and integrated oak support the almost opulent fruit essence. As the wine opens, a hint of peach preserves appears, lightening up the dark-flavored palate.
Vineyard Notes
When we replanted our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard in the late 2000’s, we took the opportunity to explore some new clones. With the Primitivo varietal from Italy known to be genetically the same as Zinfandel, we thought it would be a great addition to enhance the structure of other Zin clones from the mountain top. Primitivo generally has smaller berries, looser bunches and a higher natural acidity along with more even ripening—all qualities we like in Zinfandel.
Production Notes
In vintages where we want to add depth or structure to our Bradford Estate Zin, we’ll have the option to use a percentage of the Primitivo in the final blend. With the 2019 vintage, we enjoyed a few barrels of Primitivo so much we decided to keep some separate and bottle it as a stand-alone wine.
Winemaker Notes
This Primitivo clone Zinfandel tastes delicious upon release, but will age well and the flavors will deepen over the next 5-10 years.
Food Pairing Notes
A great wine to pair with crispy orange beef, or pasta tossed with grilled sausage slices with sautéed mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic and fresh tomatoes.

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Bil Peverly
(Dec 18, 2022 at 4:53 PM)
I ordered a blind case of your wines offered to club members. I have been a club member too many years to remember. Unfortunately, I live on the east coast and do not get out there often. All I can say about "the" bottle of 2018 Primitivo is WOW!

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