People’s Wine Revolution Zinfandel Poor Ranch Mendocino County
The Poor Ranch was first planted in the 1880s on a hillside east of Hopland, in Mendocino County. The vineyard is dry-farmed and certified CCOF-Organic. The vines have never been irrigated. The vineyard blocks range from 860′- 1800′ elevation, and are almost always high above the fog that can affect much of Mendocino County.
Our 2015 Zinfandel comes from the Easter Block, a 2.6-acre block planted at 900′ in 1996. It has yielded a mere 2.0 tons to the acre over the past decade. On September 4, 2015, we picked 3.1 tons at 26.2° Brix.
The wine fermented to dryness in an open-top tank and then matured in neutral French oak barrels to allow the special character of the vineyard site to shine through. The finished wine is beautiful, with complex fruit flavors including blueberry, blackberry and raspberry, and a deliciously silky texture. We bottled in January 2018 at 14.5% alcohol, 5.7 g/L titratable acidity and pH 3.95.