2017 Guadagni Family Wines 'Rocca' Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California (750ml)

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The Guadagni family has been farming in Sonoma County since the late 1800s when great-grandfather Raffaelo Guadagni settled in the upper part of Dry Creek Valley. Raffaelo’s son Fred moved onto the current property with his family in 1941. At an early age, Fred’s two sons, Don and Joe Guadagni, worked diligently at his side for hours on end, as he taught them the skills necessary to produce the grapes that would make the wines of Dry Creek Valley so desirable. The Guadagni family’s love of the land has been passed down for four generations now. In 2016 Bill Guadagni joined his father Don and uncle Joe in farming as well as becoming winemaker for the family after attending Fresno State for Enology. The idea of making his own wine from his own grapes was Raffaelo’s dream since he first started farming. Today, his descendants work passionately to grow grapes and produce wines that reflect the unique flavor of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Blending new-world technology with the old-world skills passed down from generation to generation has allowed them to produce wines that would surely make him proud!

The Zinfandel block is a pre-prohibition planting in Dry Creek Valley dating back to the 1880s. The vineyard is 100% head trained and dry-farmed, with vines that are up to 140-years-old. The vines endure natural stress without water, creating incredibly concentrated fruit in a beautifully structured form. 99% Zinfandel and 1% Petite Sirah aged in French oak barrels, 25% new.

Dark ruby. Scents of raspberry, blackberry and brambles. The palate shows ripe flavors of blackberry, blueberry and strawberry preserves with a rich toffee thread, and a hint of spice. Well-balanced, with ample acidity and savory tannins on the finish.

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