2019 Source + Sink Kimberly Vineyard Zinfandel
Region: Kenwood < Sonoma Valley > California
Grapes: 54% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah, 22% Alicante Bouschet
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: organic, dry farming, own-rooted old vines on clay loam + alluvial soils. Pressed into neutral French + Hungarian oak then aged 10 months. Unfined and unfiltered, minimal So2 at bottling only; 13.2% ABV; 75 cases
Winemakers: Randal (Rande) Feldman and Aaron Cherny
This fun, newish project from two Chicago natives comes to us from
partners Rande Feldman and Aaron Cherny who met while working harvest
in California in 2017, and is a testament to the terroir of Sonoma
Valley. All of the vineyards they source from are located in this
overlooked AVA that doesn’t have as defined of an identity as other
Sonoma County AVAs, like Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley or the Sonoma
Coast. However, what it lacks in branding it makes up for in history.
It is home to the oldest commercially operated winery in California,
Buena Vista, and grapes were originally planted in the region in 1823.
Rande, a long time vineyard manager, knew where to find all of the fun
relics of Sonoma Valley’s past, an insider track that he leveraged to
bring Source + Sink to fruition.
We couldn't agree more! Here, the balance between candied and lush, warm fruit is perfect, with the grape’s natural zesty acidity lifting the sour cherry and red currant fruit, spicy Szechuan peppercorn and herbal, earthy finish.