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2020 Emme Wines 'Lilian Ruth' Zinfandel

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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
  • Redwood Valley, Mendocino CA
  • Certified organic farming
  • Stainless steel and neutral barrels
  • Unfined/Unfiltered
  • No sulfur additions
  • 11% ABV 
  • 70 cases produced

"Another new wine for Emme in 2020 is Zinfandel from Ricetti Vineyard. The Ricettis grafted this plot of Zinfandel in 2008, making it the youngest fruit on their ranch. Like everything else in 2020, the Zinfandel was picked relatively early, though the heat of the growing season meant that it came in nicely ripe at 23 brix.

The fruit was footcrushed and left to ferment in an open-top bin. After two days on skins, a portion of the juice was drained into two stainless steel barrels where it continued to ferment to dryness. The wine was then racked off heavy lees into two neutral oak barrels, where it was left to age for 5 months. This partial skin contact Zinfandel was then bottled separately as ‘lillian ruth’.

“lillian ruth” is my youngest sister, the last of three girls."

- Emme Wines