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2013 EASTON Zinfandel, Rinaldi Vineyard

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SKU: 13_East_RIN

93 points - Wine Enthusiast

92 points - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

90 points - Wine Spectator


The Rinaldi Vineyard in Fiddletown dates back to 1865, and is one of the oldest in the state. We do not blend this wine with other Zinfandels in our cellar.  EASTON Fiddletown Zinfandel, Old Vine is always 100% Zinfandel from the Rinaldi Vineyard. We approach making the wine from this vineyard in much the same way a good winemaker would approach a grand cru vineyard in Burgundy. We want to reveal what the fruit has to offer each year in all of its purity, not obscure it.

These old vines barely provide a crop each year. The vineyard is about as old as they come in California with vines dating to the original planting in 1865. When you gaze on the vineyard on a cold Spring day after the vines have been pruned, the thousands of stout, thickly trunked vines are not unlike a amorphous Henry Moore sculpture, arms raised, pleading with the heavens for enough water to grow for another year. This vineyard is farmed with simplicity: pruning, plowing, and finally picking at the perfect time determined by our winemaker. Every year the wines are different and a revelation. This is one of our most highly regarded Zinfandels and will age well for another 5 - 10 years.


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