Origin: United States
- Napa Valley
The 2014 Starr Road Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel shows an intense and appealing dark ruby garnet color in the bowl of the glass. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, vanilla and cassis are followed by a mineral and brown spice note. Full to medium bodied on the palate, balanced notes of ripe black cherry, blueberry, plum with bramble fruit, are presented on the palate, and coats the mouth with plush round tannins. This glorious wine offers immediate approachability, with its luscious soft edges, depth and complexity. The well-incorporated tannins are complimented by subtle oak and cocoa components that carry on to the finish that keeps pumping out the flavor. This delicious wine was aged in 50% new American oak cooperage to round out the vibrant fruit flavors and long enjoyable finish. Enjoy!
2014 Season Summary:
All of us at Gamba were grateful for another wonderful vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked us in 2014. A mild winter and spring led us to an early bud break, although the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. The moderate crop size allowed for even ripening, with rapid sugar accumulation earlier than usual. Tannins were in check and berries were small, which translates into great balance and concentration in the wines. The year brought an early harvest for us, winding down by mid-October. The beautifully ripened fruit created some high-density fermentations, and resulted in very nice wines we are pleased to share with you.
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