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Old World Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Pena Creek Vineyard 2002

Member Review by WineborkDotCom:

(Review of Nov. 2010.) I've been drinking this Zinfandel for more than 5 years now. Remarkably, it just seems to be getting better - almost unheard of for a Zinfandel this old. The wine has always been much more Pinot-like than the bruiser 2001 Pena Creek (which had 1.6% higher alcohol), and in its youth I thought it almost too soft and unstructured. But now (late 2010) at age 8, it's firmed up, if anything, and is an absolutely delicious Zin full of ripe plum and berry fruit along with cinammon/clove-like spiciness, good ripeness, and a texture soft as silk. In recent tastings I've ranked it at least 2 - 3 points higher than I did in its younger years. It's still Pinot-like in terms of power-level, but there is scarcely a sign of fading fruit or cedary overtones in this old-timer. It will be interesting to see how long it can keep up the magic. [Note: as of November 2010, this wine is still available from the winery.]

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Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and makin... Read more
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and making wine with the consideration that everything a vintner does in the vineyard and in the winery affects the flavor of the wine. Only indigenous yeast from the vineyard were employed for fermentation and nothing was ever added to the wine except sulfur. This Old World knowledge is truly enhanced when put together with a contemporary education. Darek got his Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Viticulture (Grape Growing). During this phase of education Darek worked at Martinelli Vineyards and Winery for his uncle Lee Martinelli, a former teacher who taught Darek the in's and out's of production agriculture, machinery fabrication, and multiple ranch farming. Darek went on to complete a Master's Degree from Fresno State in Enology (Winemaking). During this phase of education he worked for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, a privately funded research facility focusing solely on improving the quality of grapes and wine. This provided a deep look into scientific methods, experimentation and his Thesis discovered how the use of different vine training methods affected the wine quality for Syrah grapevines. After Graduation, Darek was engrossed for the next seven years as Vineyard Manager at Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery growing CCOF certified Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic winegrapes on their many ranches. During this tenure Darek created Old World Winery. As winemaker/proprietor of OldWorld Winery Darek could combine and employ all the methods he learned about fine wine production, both old and new, without upper management worrying about its unconventional nature. Old World Winery was founded and continues to grow at the Laughlin Vineyard, where Darek's cousin, Lee Martinelli Jr., owns and manages the vineyard. Lee Jr. maintains the family tradition by taking special care of two blocks of organic Pinot Noir and Zinfandel for Old World Winery. Read less

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(Review of Nov. 2010.) I've been drinking this Zinfandel for more than 5 years now. Remarkably, it just seems to be getting better - almost unheard of for a Zinfandel this old. The wine has always been much more Pinot-like than the bruiser 2001 Pena Creek (which had 1.6% higher alcohol), and in its youth I thought it almost too soft and unstructured. But now (late 2010) at age 8, it's firmed up, if anything, and is an absolutely delicious Zin full of ripe plum and berry fruit along with cinammon/clove-like spiciness, good ripeness, and a texture soft as silk. In recent tastings I've ranked it at least 2 - 3 points higher than I did in its younger years. It's still Pinot-like in terms of power-level, but there is scarcely a sign of fading fruit or cedary overtones in this old-timer. It will be interesting to see how long it can keep up the magic. [Note: as of November 2010, this wine is still available from the winery.]




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