The Varietal That WOULD NOT DIE
You can stress them. You can neglect them. But old Zinfandel vines take a beating and keep on yielding.
Before World War I, before Prohibition, when “San Francisco fire” was just a euphemism for STDs and Ty Cobb was just a foulmouthed Southern hooligan, old-world Zinfandel vines were planted in Gaddis Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. These hardy specimens were directly descended from Primitivo, aka Crljenak, aka O.Z.: Original Zinfandel. (We invented that last one but it gets the point across.) Three years later, in 1906, similar vines took root in Gambogi Vineyard just to the southwest. After a 2005-2006 season that saw extremes of wet and dry, hot and cool, both vineyards contributed to the aggressive flavor and depth of the Chronicle 2006 100 Year Old Vines Zinfandel.
Once you reach a certain age, you stop caring what anybody thinks. This wine makes no bones about who, what, and why it is. When you’ve been rooted in the same soil for a century, it’s going to leave a mark. You can taste the terroir of both vineyards in every sip. The backbone, structure, and red-fruit flavors bear the stamp of Gaddis. And those brambly chocolate and claret-like romatics and flavors? That’s the taste of Gambogi.
Someone once said “A European is someone who thinks 100 miles is a long way. An American is someone who thinks 100 years is a long time.” Despite the vines’ old-world origins, there’s no more American wine than the Chronicle 2006 100 Year Old Vines Zinfandel.
2006 One Hundred Year Old Vines Zinfandel
- Vineyard Source: 60% Gaddis-est 1903, 40% Gambogi-est 1906
- Winemaking: Dan Cedarquist
- Fermentation: 2-day cold soak in small open fermenter, punched down 2-3 times per day
- Barrel Aging: Only free run juice goes to barrel, aged 20 months in American Oak (50% new) from Dempost, Barrel Associates and World Coopers; bottled unfined and unfiltered
- Bottled: 228 cases
- Alcohol: 14.6%
The Hundred Year Old Vines is the biggest and boldest of the Chronicle Zinfandels. In the glass it is deep purple, showing exotic aromas of all-spice blackberry, raspberry, and leather with a distinctive note of fragrant clove. Cherry and berry notes are prevalent as this wine builds to a long finish. There is some real backbone and deep red fruit flavors to this bottling with substantial tannins that have had additional time to integrate in bottle prior to release.
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