Old Vine Zinfandel

 

The 100+ year old Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is located on about 20 acres along a slight rise bisected by Wood Road in the Russian River Valley wine growing region of Sonoma County California. It has been hand-tended by Peter Fanucchi for going on 40 vintage seasons. The Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard was planted over 100 years ago (long believed 1906 but recent discovery indicates it could easily have been 15 years old by 1906!) and the vines are head trained but Peter has raised the gnarled vines from just above ground level to shoulder height.  This modification provides greater sun exposure and air circulation and has reinvigorated the old vines, enhancing the production of incredibly high-quality, truly, old-vine fruit.  Because of many factors, such as their age & size variation, Peter personally prunes & retrains each of the nearly 5000 vines each winter to maintain their optimal balance.   The Old Vine Zinfnadel block also contains about 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Alicante Bouchet & other grape varietals, varying from 1 to 25 vines, like Trousseau Gris.

 

The soil, Huichica-sandy-loam, on Wood Road is very shallow (averaging about 18” deep!), slightly heavier than the Gold Ridge and is highly restrictive. Old vines on these soils produce small Zinfandel berries with bright, concentrated cherry, raspberry to blackberry fruit flavors. At optimum ripeness, the fruit makes a big, intense, long-lived Zinfandel of unique personality. Bright, high-tone cherry, raspberry to ripe blackberry, spice and floral nose and flavors are typical indicators of Fanucchi-Wood Road terroir.  

 

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1979, Peter Fanucchi in the circa 1906 Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean) <about the same location & vines>2008, Peter Fanucchi in the circa 1906 Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean) <about the same location & vines>

The result of gradually retraining the very old vines up on stakes is also visually stunning! These two Photos were taken in 1979 & 2008 at about the same location; Peter Fanucchi standing in the circa 1906 Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard

2010 Post bloom / flower set the circa 1906 Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean) , “Old Vine”

2010 Post bloom / flower set the circa 1906, “Old Vine” Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific)

June 2010; The circa 1906 Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean) , “Old Vine”

June 2010; The circa 1906, “Old Vine" Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean)

Circa 1906 Zinfandel vines with an Alicate Bouschet in the mix showing red leaves; The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard Fall 2005, " Old Vine "

In the late Fall the Alicante Bouchet vines sprinkled among the Zinfandel become obvious with red curly leaves.  The circa 1906 , “Old Vine" Zinfandel Block of the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County California (between Napa & The Pacific Ocean)

 

See a tasting video clip of this wine follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/winedinetv#p/u/0/fc0WZJcX4fo

The only guaranteed source for Fanucchi Vineyards wine is directly from us via this site. 

(Click to order online)

 

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