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2015 "R" Zinfandel, Nostro Vino | Item No. 15ZINV
2015 "R" Zinfandel, Nostro Vino | Item No. 15ZINV

2015 "R" Zinfandel, Nostro Vino
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2015 "R" Zinfandel, Nostro Vino


The Nostro Vino, “R” Zinfandel and Massoni Ranch, “Z” Zinfandel are perfect examples of the role microclimates can have in the growing of wine grapes and the flavors of the resulting wines.  The “Z” Zinfandel comes from the Massoni Ranch which is located off the Shenandoah School Road at the southwestern end of the Shenandoah Valley.  The vineyard is right at 1,200 feet in elevation and faces the south and west.  Given the lower elevation and its warm orientation to the sun these grapes develop their flavors quickly and are typically some of the first we harvest.  On the other hand, Tom Dillian’s Nostro Vino Vineyard, the source of the grapes used to produce the “R Zinfandel, while only three miles away, might as well be on another planet. The Nostro Vino Vineyard is on Stiener Road and has a northern exposure and another four hundred feet in elevation.  


The amount of time it takes for this vineyard to warm in the spring puts it two to three weeks behind the Massoni Ranch; when the buds break and growth begins in the spring at Nostro Vino the shoots are almost a foot long at the Massoni Ranch.  This means that the Nostro Vino grapes ripen later in the season when the nights have turned a degree or two cooler.  Thus, the grapes hang on to their acidity and more sugar accumulates before they are fully ripe, and given this additional ‘hang time’ the pigments in the skins have a chance to deepen just that wee bit more than at the Massoni Ranch.  Therefore, wines produced from the Nostro Vino Vineyard’s grapes are more substantial, with more color and depth than the Massoni Ranch.  They also come with more extract and tannin and usually a point or two more alcohol.  For fans of the bold ‘Amador’ Zinfandel the Nostro Vino gets the nod.  For those that prefer elegance and grace, the “Z” Zinfandel from the Massoni Ranch with its lower alcohol and softer tannins is the wine of choice.


The 2015 "R" Zinfandel has a ruby purple color with carmine hues.  The aroma is classic Zinfandel; loaded with ripe concentrated raspberries, both red and black. Eighteen months in small barrels has produced a bouquet that offers smoky roasted hazelnut with notes of mocha, and caramel.  On the palate, the 2015 wine delivers succulent Zinfandel flavors with plenty of rich savory fruit.  This wine has a creamy texture and a finish of toasted oak and dark chocolate that lingers well. This is a Zinfandel, that while big and rich, remains true to the varietal without stepping over the line and into the realm of off dry, late harvest, and dessert styled wines.


Varietal Composition:  100% Zinfandel

15.1% Alc.  0.63 g/100ml T   3.48 pH

Oak Regime:

40% French Oak   45% American Oak     15% Neutral Oak

 Released: September 1, 2017

472 Cases Produced

Suggested Retail Price:  $27

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By Monica Young
There are many Zins in Amador County, this is by far my favorite.

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