2016 "mbf" Zinfandel
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.