Fanucchi Vineyards - 2004 Old Vine Zinfandel


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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

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Tasting Notes

  • MS: Very nice black fruit nose. Has a big, bold zin flavor but is very smooth. Lots of pepper and black cherry on the finish. Long, long finish. Great now but I'd give it another year.
  • TC: Big fruit flavor without the heat. Well crafted and balanced, I thought the finish would never end.
  • MA: Dark purple in apperance, this wine has a nice light purple rim surrounding it. Fruity but dry with a very-long finish. This wine has a lot of character. Well crafted and drinking well now, it should hold it's flavor and continue to round-out over the next 3-5 years.
  • BW: Dark fruit and pepper nose. Very smooth with a long finish. Not sweet, dry. All berries and black pepper in the mouth.
  • KW: Great berries and cherry aromas. This is so smooth for a big wine!
  • RA: Classic Zinfandel without the heat finish. It has all the fruit flavors balanced with soft tannins and enough acid backbone to make this a great food wine.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend Century Old Field Blend consisting of 90% Zinfandel, 4% Alicante Bouschet, 4% Petite Sirah, and 2% mixed other
Appelation The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Harvest Dates Oct. 20th, 2004
Sugar at Harvest 25.0 degrees Brix
Fermentation 14 days on the skins; 4 days "Cold Soak" and 9 days active fermentation. Malo-lactic Fermentation took 19.5 weeks 14 of which were in small barrels.
Aging / Cooperage 12 Months 100% French Oak; 80% 2 years old or less and 20% 3 years old
Alcohol 15.4% by volume
Acidity TA: 6.4, pH: 3.43

Technical Notes - 04 Fanucchi Old Vine Zinfandel

The 100+ year old Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is located on about 20 acres along a slight rise on Wood Road in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County. It has been hand-tended by Peter Fanucchi for over 37 vintage seasons. The Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard was planted over 100 years ago (long believed 1906 but recent discovery indicates it could easily have been 15 years old by 1906!).

The vines are head trained and have been raised from just above ground level to shoulder height. This modification provides greater sun exposure and air circulation and has reinvigorated the old vines, enhancing the production of incredibly high-quality, truly, old-vine fruit.

About Fanucchi Vineyards

For Peter Fanucchi it all began in 1972 at the ripe old age of 9 years working beside his father Arcangelo, a new vineyard owner at the time, who purchased a very old vineyard property in Sonoma Countys Russian River Valley on Wood Road in Fulton, California. Peter and his father quickly became friends with their veteran wine grape growing neighbors who very graciously taught them traditional viticulture methods which they rigorously employed on the circa 1906 Zinfandel vineyard. They took their lessons very seriously and they studied the art of wine grape growing intensely. As a result of their studies, they began integrating modern viticultural methodologies gathered from a wide array of periodicals to experts into the vineyard along with the astute lessons learned from their legendary neighbors and most importantly observing how it the cultural practices effected the vines in their specific environment on Wood Road.

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