St. Francis, 2018 ‘Old Vines’ Sonoma County Zinfandel

3 February 2021

The vintage of 2020 made winemakers humble, aware that firefighters were a part of their winemaking team.

“We are so thankful for the support of the first responders who worked so hard to keep us safe during the Glass fire,” said Katie Madigan, winemaker of Santa Rosa’s St. Francis Winery. “They literally had our backs as the fires came close to the winery. We were extremely fortunate and had little damage to our buildings. We had started picking before the fires, so I’m making some wine. But sadly we had to leave a lot of grapes on the vines this year.”

Madigan is behind our wine of the week winner — the St. Francis, 2018 “Old Vines” Sonoma County Zinfandel, 15.2%, $22. With this zinfandel, generous fruit meets edgy spice. It has aromas and flavors of blackberry, dried cranberry and cracked black pepper, with a hint of cinnamon in the mix. It has nice length, and it’s a steal for the caliber of this zinfandel.

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