2013 Morelli Lane Zinfandel
The Morelli Lane Vineyard is archetypal for all we love about our part of the world: scenic, alive with history, and delicious. This 19th century planting is located at the top of Stoetz Ridge, just north of the town of Occidental on the far western edge of the Russian River Valley appellation. The dry-farmed, head-trained 1.8-acre block is that's left of a vineyard planted by the Morelli family over 100 years ago. Left unfarmed for years, the Duttons (with prodding from Dan) revived the vineyard in 1995 and its fruit now enables us to provide this special limited bottling of old vine Zinfandel. Its cool proximity to the coast gives us a Zin of exceptional brightness and moderate alcohol; its hilltop perch facilitates the ripeness for wonderful fruit density and lush tannins; and its age gives us the personality that makes the wine truly special. Following up on the delicious return of our Morelli Lane Zinfandel last vintage, the 2013 edition of this wine shines a spotlight on the floral characters of the wine. The wine leads with brambles tinged by floral notes, like walking through the blackberry patch in late spring before all the blossoms have faded. Further notes of violets and rose petals chime in to the berry basket, while a layer of baking spices lays underneath. The mouth is juicy and rich raspberry and blackberry fruit, like a summer pie just waiting on the windowsill, with a lift of acidity keeping it bright. The wine is remarkably balanced, with the fruit and spice, sweetness and acidity, richness and freshness creating a perfect harmony together. This is a great wine for almost any pasta dish, as well as beef brisket and aged cheddar cheeses. 564 cases produced.
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