2014 Zinfandel Vellutini Ranch 750 ml
The 2014 Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel has cocoa, ripe blueberries and hints of straw on the nose. The palate is silky and round with flavors of milk chocolate, blackberry jam, and grilled strawberries.
The Vellutini Ranch is bordered on the east by Jackass Hill and on the south by Jackass Vineyard, and was planted with bud wood from both of these vineyards. This seven-acre vineyard was planted in 1999.
The growing year in 2014 was the third dry year in a row and was full of unforeseen challenges provided by Mother Nature. You would think the ongoing drought, excessive heat from March through June, and hail in early April would have brought down the quality of this vintage. Thankfully this was not the case! Even though the harvest was very early, the small berry size and healthy yields have produced very well balanced wines; they are not over-bearing in tannin or structure and are a pleasure to drink.