ZINFANDEL MENDOCINO COUNTY

Saracina

APPELLATION

Mendocino County

GRAPE VARIETIES

94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah

WINEMAKERS

Alex MacGregor

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.67
Alcohol
14.9%

BACKGROUND

Saracina is located along the Upper Russian River in northern California’s wine country. The 400-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

Grapes were sourced from five separate head pruned vineyards in the Ukiah and Redwood Valleys, including a dash of Petite Sirah from Niemi for added complexity.
The 2021 growing season was marked by very low precipitation, with the lowest yields and cluster weights ever recorded. The compact harvest began at Trio Marguerite on September 11th and wrapped up with Chapman on the 19th.

WINEMAKING

All vineyards were harvested by hand, the grapes de-stemmed and gently crushed into closed and open top tanks for fermentation. At dryness, free-run juice was drained directly into Taransaud barrels, 15% of which were new. Native malolactic fermentation was complete by March. The lots were blended just weeks prior to bottling August 10, 2023.

TASTING NOTES

Highly concentrated, this 2021 Zinfandel is deep on black raspberry and black plum fruit with sweet soil, spice and mineral notes. The palate is balanced and supple with a layered richness and enough tannin to ensure even more sophistication in years to come.

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