2017 Guadagni Family Wines 'Rocca' Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California (750ml)
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Dark ruby. Scents of raspberry, blackberry and bramble. The palate shows ripe ﬂavors of blackberry, blueberry and strawberry preserves with a rich toﬀee thread, and a hint of spice. Well-balanced, with ample acidity and savory tannins on the ﬁnish. The Zinfandel block is a pre-prohibition planting in Dry Creek Valley dating back to the 1880’s. The vineyard is 100% head trained and dry-farmed, with vines that are up to 140-years-old. The vines endure natural stress without water, creating incredibly concentrated fruit in a beautifully structured form. 99% Zinfandel and 1% Petite Sirah aged in French oak barrels, 25% new.
The Guadagni family has been farming in Sonoma County since the late 1800’s when great-grandfather Raﬀaelo Guadagni settled in the upper part of Dry Creek Valley. Raﬀaelo’s son Fred moved onto the current property with his family in 1941. At an early age Fred’s two sons, Don and Joe Guadagni, worked diligently at his side for hours on end, as he taught them the skills necessary to produce the grapes that would make the wines of Dry Creek Valley so desirable. The Guadagni family’s love of the land has been passed down for four generations now. In 2016 Bill Guadagni joined his father Don and uncle Joe in farming as well as becoming winemaker for the family ater attending Fresno State for Enology. The idea of making his own wine from his own grapes was Raﬀaelo’ s dream since he ﬁrst started farming. Today his descendants work passionately to grow grapes and produce wines that reﬂect the unique ﬂavor of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Blending new-world technology with the old-world skills passed down from generation to generation has allowed them to produce wines that would surely make him proud.