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||93 Pts Wine Enthusiast||Size:||750ML
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"This classic site provides a grippy, structured experience of juicy, leathery blackberry and black pepper. The wine also reveals a brighter, more vibrant underside of red berry, perhaps from the contribution of 5% Grenache into the mix, alongside 17% Petite Sirah. Firm, focused and full bodied, this is a delicious wine."
"Located in downtown Cloverdale, this vineyard sits just behind the St. Peterâs Catholic Church. The founders of the church planted 2 acres of Zinfandel in 1888. After sitting untouched for close to 65 years, Ulises Valdez began hand farming the vineyard in 1988. In 2002, Ulises planted an additional 3 acres of Zinfandel.
Made from the oldest vines planted at any church in the US, this ancient-vine Alexander Valley Zinfandel offers unexpected complexity and balance. The deep and dark purple color lead to opulent dark currant fruits which are integrated seamlessly with French Oak. Subtle notes of sage, blackberry, pine and vanilla dominate. The tannins are dusty yet fine, allowing for a super smooth wine from start to finish. This ultra-rare, low-production Zinfandel handmade by the Valdez Family is an example of a truly refined Sonoma County Zinfandel. This wine is great with food and can be paired as an aperitif with cheeses and charcuterie or with an entrÃ©e of grilled meats.
Valdez Family Winery is the product of Ulises Valdezâs bold journey from a remote village in MichoacÃ¡n, Mexico to Sonoma County, California. With hard work and passion for the vineyards, this is a true American-dream story.
Ulises was born into a large family of 8 brothers and sisters; at a very young age he began working to support his family. With not many opportunities in his village, he envisioned a better future by heading north, to the United States.
He began his journey to the U.S. in 1985. Without much luck at the first site, a persistent and optimistic 16 year old Ulises eventually found work up on Rockpile, in Cloverdale. His goal was simple; he would work hard and save enough money to help out his family.
The Immigration Reform and Control act of 1986 allowed Ulises to obtain legal residency and become a U.S. citizen. He seized the opportunity and co-started a vineyard management company. After a few years of saving up he bought out his partner. Ulises's dedication and love for his work didn't go unnoticed; He obtained a reputation for his impeccable work and gained many high profile clients such as Mark Aubert, JC Cellars, Paul Hobbs and Pahlmeyer. Valdez and Sons Vineyard MGMT now farms just over 1,000 acres.
Being the big dreamer that he is, Ulises wanted to launch a wine label to showcase his passion and love for the grapes he grows with a product of his own. In 2004 the first vintage of Valdez wine was released. He continued the label by opening a winery in 2010; three years later the Valdez tasting room opened in Healdsburg, California." - Winery