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The Mendocino Ridge Appellation is a unique appellation, consisting of the coastal ridge-top areas above 1200 feet and the corresponding fog line.  It is this extra elevation that gives the Francis Fashauer Vineyard the necessary sunlight to ripen Zinfandel in this cool and rugged climate.    High above the Anderson Valley, this south-facing vineyard benefits from long days and warm nights.  The vines used to plant this vineyard come from the famed DuPratt Vineyard, which is over 100 years old, and lies less than a mile away.  Being particularly suited to the microclimate, this clone produces a Zinfandel unique to this appellation.  Leaner in style to its counterparts in warmer appellations, the Francis Fashauer Zinfandel produces a focused, fruit-forward wine reminiscent of its Italian heritage.


The nose starts with strawberry and rose petal, giving way to dried herbs and wild berry.   Brimming with fresh raspberries, the mouth is fresh and intense with underlying flavors or red currents, black tea, and licorice.  Consistently a favorite amongst Italian wine lovers, the bright red fruit and elegant mouthfeel excite the senses, while the eternal finish brings a freshness and vibrancy often absent in Zinfandel from California. 

GROWER: Anne Fashauer                                   FERMENTATION: Whole Berry

APPELLATION:  Mendocino Ridge                                   YEAST:  Native/Natural

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:  Northwest of Anderson Valley                  PH:  3.59

VARIETAL: Zinfandel                                                                ALCOHOL:  15.5%

SELECTION: DuPratt   MATURATION:         100% Neutral French Oak Barrels

VINEYARD AGE: Planted in 1999          BLEND: 100% Francis Fashauer Vineyard

SOIL TYPE: Timber                                                                                UNFINED

HARVEST DATE: November 2                                   PRODUCTION:  500 Cases

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