20 Aug Vineyard Spotlight: Ramazzotti Vineyard – Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Zinfandel and Dry Creek Valley are an insurmountable pairing! Finding the best spot to grow Zin here isn’t difficult. The 2 1/2 mile wide by 16 mile long valley is narrow in comparison to many appellations but still offers unique micro-climates and varied soil structures.
The Ramazzotti Vineyard is a hillside vineyard planted into volcanic loam and a rocky sub-structure in the northeastern part of Dry Creek Valley. Vines aged between 40-100 years old, are well-tended year round to produce a dynamic, quintessential zinfandel that boasts a cabernet-like complexity and unmistakable varietal character. 2-3% each of Carignane and Petite Sirah are planted within the block grown for thumbprint to create a field blend.
If you ask any credible winemaker what their favorite wine is to make and drink many will divulge it is Zinfandel. They will also confess it is the most difficult wine to make, without a doubt. Having this amazing vineyard to source our Zinfandel grapes from helps curb the difficulty a bit.
Working with growers like Joe Ramazzotti makes it well worth the wait. To read more about Ramazzotti Vineyards, visit Our Vineyards.