Wine Specs
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Perotti Vineyard
Alcohol %

2016 "mbf" Zinfandel

Our 2016 Reserve "mbf" (Man's Best Friend) Zinfandel speaks to the heritage of our winery.  Brenda's first wine back in 1995 was a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel - it was the raison d'etre of our winery and continues to be our flagship Reserve wine.  Produced in limited quantity, the 2016 vintage showcases beautifully ripe dark berry fruits along with vanilla and spice from French oak.

Our Reserve Zinfandel is Tasting Fantastic!
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The Vineyard.  The foundation of our limited production mbf (man’s best friend) wines is always a strong and personal relationship.  Brenda first met Ed and Bruce Perotti, father and son grape growers in Dry Creek Valley, in 1997.  She immediately fell in love with their Zinfandel vineyard and has been producing small amounts of wine from their grapes ever since.  Located on the north end of Dry Creek Valley, on a bench with an eastern slope, the vineyard benefits from excellent air circulation and mild sun exposure, producing Zinfandel wine with more elegance and balanced fruit profile.  As they say in real estate and winemaking - location, location, location! 

Brenda's Winemaking.  My motto with Zinfandel has always been handle with care.  Pre-fermentation, the grapes were cold-soaked to gently extract both color and flavor.  Primary fermentation took place in open top tank with hand punch-downs.  The wine was barreled down dirty and malolactic fermentation took place in barrel.  The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months.  The combination of Perotti fruit and French oak has become a “signature” for my mbf Zinfandel.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2016 vintage is definitely one of the ripest, most full bodied and rich Zinfandel’s I’ve produced in recent years. Definitely dark and jammy berry fruits with spicy and seductive French oak in the aroma and taste. The wine is rich and ripe in mouthfeel with a long, luxurious finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Keep it simple. Pizza, pasta with red meat sauce, grilled chicken.
190 cases produced
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(May 31, 2019 at 6:16 PM)
Absolutely delicious! As the tasting notes indicate, this is a classic Zin but it's not heavy at all. Precisely the right balance between spice, body, and sweetness. Beautiful, slightly earthy yet almost floral nose initially that opened into more a masculine, warm aroma. The French oak gives it a lovely, silky smooth finish. A great buy!

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