De Loach Heritage Reserve Zinfandel 2020
De Loach Heritage Reserve Zinfandel
De Loach Heritage Reserve Zinfandel is dark in colour, this wine is rich with aromas of cherry and brambles with a hint of spice. On the palate, it has flavours of raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and notes of star anise and white pepper. This wine is full bodied with soft tannins and has a lingering finish.
For the Heritage Reserve wines (previously the Heritage Collection wines, and before that the California series), De Loach combine their Russian River Valley grapes with those from selected growing regions in California to produce good value, approachable wines. Each is made and bottled at their estate facility. This Zinfandel was made from fruit grown in vineyards in the Central Coast appellations where the coastal fog and cool evenings create a good environment for extended ripening.
First established in 1973 by Cecil De Loach, a fire fighter from San Francisco, De Loach was purchased by Boisset in 2003 when Jean-Charles Boisset saw the similarities of the Russian River Valley with his native Burgundy and the potential the region held for Pinot Noir.
On an idyllic twenty-acre organic farm in the Russian River Valley, visitors enjoy a certified Biodynamic® estate thriving with Sonoma’s agricultural bounty.
Guests are treated to limited release offerings of DeLoach’s vineyard-designate wines, each with as little as fifty cases produced, while enjoying tours of the Biodynamic garden as well as picnic grounds, cheeses from local Sonoma purveyors, and an intimate look at the winery’s Burgundian winemaking techniques.
He brought the focus back to the estate’s original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley.
The winery’s 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach Vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.
Led by viticulturist Ginny Lambrix, the winery has committed itself to the application of biodynamics, beginning with the conversion of nine hectares of estate vineyards from sustainable to biodynamic farming methods.
They will continue to expand this wherever possible. The cool, foggy Russian River Valley climate allows for slow ripening, enabling grapes to develop full flavour maturation over an extended time.