Folie à Deux Zinfandel 2018
Dry Creek Valley
September 4 - 14, 2017
The Folie à Deux 2017 Zinfandel opens with expressive bramble berry, blueberry, ripe strawberry, cocoa powder and black pepper, framed by hints of cherrywood smoke and clove aromas. Robust flavors of juicy, luscious berry and concentrated raspberry jam are accented with fig notes. Structured with velvety tannins, this Zinfandel has a filling palate and a soft, lingering finish. For an excellent pairing, serve this wine with braised pork topped with Sunday Gravy, smoked brisket or maple-glazed carrots.
Located northwest of the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, the Dry Creek Valley is one of California’s smallest appellations, measuring just 16 miles long and two miles wide. The area was discovered in the 1870’s by Italian immigrants, who were reminded of the hills in their native Tuscany and Piedmont. They planted Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan grapes on the Dry Creek Valley’s benchlands to emulate the hearty red wines to which they were accustomed, often inter-planting the varieties to create “field-blended” wines.
The Dry Creek Valley’s warm summer days—tempered by morning fog from the Pacific Ocean—and its well-drained, stony soils translate to highly concentrated and complex fruit. 2017 was another warm and therefore early year, which meant the grapes were physiologically ripe at a lower sugar level, resulting in lower than average alcohol levels.
The grapes for this Zinfandel underwent a three-day cold soak, and a starter yeast was used to initiate fermentation at 80°F. During a maceration period of 10 to 12 days, the juice was pumped over the skins daily to maximize the extraction of the variety’s rich flavor and tannins. Délestage—an oxygenation technique—was employed during active fermentation to soften the wine and showcase its fruit character. This Zinfandel was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 28% of which was new, for 16 months.