PICK AND SHOVEL ZINFANDEL
Saracina is located along the Upper Russian River in northern California’s wine country. The 250-acre ranch which includes a winery and sustainably farmed vineyards, is also home to a 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local birds and wildlife. The handcrafted, limited production Saracina wines reflect a conscious sense of this beautiful place in Mendocino County. Founded by husband and wife team John Fetzer and Patty Rock in 2001, Saracina has always been defined by a strong sense of family. In 2018, Marc Taub took on stewardship of Saracina, upholding the spirit of family ownership that has defined this iconic Mendocino County winery since inception.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
As the name suggests, Pick and Shovel vines sit on a rock bed atop the Saracina wine caves where they dig and scratch below the surface. The vines are the DuPratt clone on St. George rootstock.WINEMAKING & AGEING
The grapes were picked on October 16, 2018, de-stemmed, with 75% whole berries and gently crushed into an open top fermenter. The free-run juice was drained directly into thin stave French oak, 20% of which were new. Native malolactic fermentation and 19 months aging. 190 cases were bottled on July 31, 2020.TASTING NOTES
Medium garnet, the Zinfandel Pick and Shovel is highly concentrated with blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with earthy and mineral notes. The palate is balanced and very supple, with a layered richness and balanced tannins which will allow the wine to further develop over the next 6+ years. Perfect with barbeque.