Ernest & Julio Gallo Barrelli Creek Vineyard Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, 1998

Our family's Barrelli Creek Vineyard is located in the temperate, Region III hillsides of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley; on a site first planted by Italian immigrants over a century ago. The low vigor of this vineyard's gravelly clay loam soils, in combination with its micro-climate and optimal viticultural practices, yield intensely extracted Zinfandel grapes loaded with the zesty aromas and flavors of black cherries and boysenberry jam. We meticulously shoot positioned, cluster thinned, and hand harvested grapes for this wine from only the finest blocks at Barrelli Creek. With the addition of 20% Petite Sirah from the same vineyard, this cuvee was aged an average of eleven months in primarily American oak barrels for added richness and complexity. Alc. 13.8% by vol.