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September 6, 2017
Aged in 90% French and 10% American oak–37% total new oak–for 11 months.
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with gentle, twice-daily punchdowns over a period of two weeks
August 8, 2018
2017 Flambeaux Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
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Bright candied cherries with a dusting of baking spice framed and supported by warm, toasty cedar box notes. Strikes a wonderful balance between fresh and rich.
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The 2017 Flambeaux Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel offers flavors of bright candied cherries with a dusting of baking spice framed by warm, toasty, cedar box notes. 100% estate grown, Flambeaux Wine's first vintage of Zin strikes a wonderful balance between fresh and rich.
The Flambeaux Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is located in the sweet spot for vineyard elevation – about 350 feet above the valley floor. The soils are the Boomer Loam series, a Metamorphic soil characterized in the Dry Creek area by crumbly red, iron-rich soils. The Zinfandel is grown in terraced rows in the steep hillside that helps drain away both excess water and also cold air, naturally aiding in keeping the vineyard safe from frost. The hillside's thinner soils helps to regulate the sometimes abundantly growing Zinfandel, providing us fruit that is concentrated and full of a natural density.
Picked before dawn, the grapes arrived at the winery cold and were hand-sorted and destemmed in open-top stainless steel tanks. After a short cold soak, the wines fermented over a two week period in tank with punchdowns utilized to gently integrate the skins with the fermenting juice. Once fully fermented, the wine was pressed off the skins and put into barrel where it spent its life until just before bottling where it was blended and bottled in August.
I'm excited to finally be able to share this wine with our Flambeaux Wine family. When we started this journey we were growing these beautiful grapes on the Flambeaux Estate vineyard but had commitments to selling the fruit to some local (and famous!) Zinfandel-focused wineries. Now that we have the Zinfandel fruit earmarked solely for Flambeaux, we couldn't be happier. Dry Creek Valley is famous for Zinfandel for a reason. We get the heat during the daytime to get the fruit perfectly ripe but also have the benefit of the cool evenings for the wines to retain their fresh acidity. With our site in particular–high up on the western hillside–we also have the benefit of perfect soils that drain quickly and are thinner in depth: forcing the vines to root deep to get their sustenance. The culmination of these factors give us the ability to make a Zinfandel that holds its acidity and fruit profile nicely but also is able to have some structure that will allow the wine to deliver for years to come. – Winemaker Ryan Prichard
Zinfandel is a wonderfully diverse pairing partner. It works great with lighter meats like turkey, but is perfect with richer dishes like Korean bbq beef, spicy jambalaya, duck and andouille gumbo. And what can be better than a burger and Zin pairing!?
Flambeaux are the dancing torchbearers of Carnival night parades. A quintessential symbol of New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Flambeaux represent all that we love best about wine—light flickering in a glass, complex flavors dancing across the palate, and a celebration of life.