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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Rinaldi Vineyard Fiddletown Zinfandel
2016 Rinaldi Vineyard Fiddletown Zinfandel
Organic Vineyard - Club Special

Once again this vineyard has made a wine that truly shows what old vines and the cooler climate of Fiddletown in Amador County can create.  Aromatics of freshly cracked black and white peppercorns swirl in a combo of dried cherries, warm cinnamon stick, volcanic dust and violets. On the palate this medium to full bodied wine is soft and round on the entry with cracked pepper corns and black cherry at the forefront but followed by black licorice and salted dark chocolate caramel.


92 Pts Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 Pts Conn Guide
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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Rinaldi Vineyard
16 mos. 20% New French Oak
15% Whole Cluster Open Top Fermentation
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Profile
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Pts From Amador County, the 2016 Zinfandel Rinaldi Vineyard was 80% destemmed and saw 18 months in 20% new French oak. Its deeper purple color is followed by a rounded, sexy bouquet of ripe plums, crushed violets, cedar, and sandalwood. It's fresh, has good focus, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This is classic American Zinfandel that will keep for 7-8 years, probably longer. Conn Guide 92 Pts Intense, extracted blackberry fruit with a quiet note of rich-earth minerality and subtle hints of ripe blueberries give this nose its own distinctive cast, and while the wine has all the size, depth and richness that one expects of the winery, it holds itself out as distinctive more than different. Its full body and somewhat fleshy feel on entry lead to generous flavors and also to quite noticeable tannins, all of which lead us to want more mid-term than long cellar aging for this one. Reviewed: January 2019
Vineyard Notes
From one of the oldest Zinfandel growing regions in California, originally established in 1865. Rinaldi Vineyard sits at 2000 ft. elevation in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. 80-100 Year old head trained, dry farmed vines from the Eschen and Rene blocks. Selection: Zin Mendo, Pichetti, Monte Rosso / Clone: PS FPS3 Farming techniques: Trellis Age of vines: 15 years Avg Temp: 50-90 degrees
Production Notes
Vinification: 15% whole cluster, all de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
Winemaker Notes
Deep, dark and opaque in color, crushed rock, black pepper and tarragon
210 cases