Historic? Yep. Yummy? Yep!
Monte Rosso Vineyard – Yep, it’s a beauty.
Monte Rosso, aka “Red Mountain” due to the heavy amounts of red iron oxide in the soil, was originally planted in the 1880’s (Oh, somewhere around the invention of the light bulb). Sitting on the eastern slopes of the Sonoma Valley appellation, between 700 and 1250 feet, it grows some of the best Zinfandel and Cabernet in the world (among several other varieties), and has for a long time. 231 acres of the 575 total acres are planted, and a large amount of this is old vine Zinfandel.
Aaron and I have worked with this vineyard for years over at August Briggs, but only with the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. When we decided to make a Zinfandel for Romililly and we knew we wanted a prime vineyard. We looked around the Russian River appellation and just could not find a good fit. Then, we decided to ask Jake Terrell (at the time vineyard manager), if he could spare a few tons. After taking us around the vineyard, we settled on a block that the workers refer to as “La Falda,” or the Skirt. They call it this because it has a steep incline and during any wind, the vines move as a skirt would.
2012 was our first vintage and is showing very well. Most people take a little Petite Sirah to co-ferment, but we opted not to in order see what these grapes could do by themselves- we liked what we got. With a majority of French oak and the smallest hint of American wood, we think this wine has some serious structure and beautiful aromatics. We produced around 180 cases, and are happy to have released this first rendition early this year.
Aaron and Jesse
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