2017 BACA Tug O' War Zinfandel
"The 2017 Zinfandel Tug O'War Maffei Vineyard (100% Zinfandel) comes from a site in the Russian River and has a classic bouquet of spiced plums, cedarwood, dried orange rind, and potpourri. Incredibly complex, it's elegant and polished on the palate, with fine tannins, good sweetness of fruit, and an outstanding finish. It's a ripe, sexy, yet elegant Zinfandel."
Think of drinking the juice of a very ripe pomegranate. Even the quality of the tannins hints at the pith of the fruit, balancing the sweetness. A touch of French oak brings out a candied orange rind character. It’s a little difficult, it’s a little dark and brooding. But it has an energy and tension to it that will age beautifully. Deep ruby in color, with pronounced aromas of ripe, juicy strawberry, and boysenberry. On the palate, the wine combines dark and red fruit up front with mouthwatering acidity and well integrated tannins.
|Varietal Composition||100% Zinfandel|
|Barrel Aging||16 Months in 31% New French Oak|
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
|Vineyard||Maffei Vineyard, Russian River Valley|
|Vintage Notes||Tug O' War was born in California's historic vineyards planted many decades ago by a community of Italian immigrants. Here, gorgeous old vines struggle in limited, loamy soils. The resulting wines exhibit profound depth, nuance, and serious aging potential. Here, warm days create rich wine with pure, explosive, ripe berry flavors, which are tempered by the cool, foggy marine nights that give this Zinfandel a nerve of acidity.|