Zinfandel – Russian River Valley – Old vine
The estate vineyard was originally planted in 1896. It took just three years (and a lot of hard work) to get the ancient vines to produce fruit again- 70 cases in 1998! That being said, these vines may have returned to form, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still perform on their own schedule. The harvest takes place in several passes through the 2.8 acres during the harvest season. This meticulous process is used to ensure that every single berry and cluster are at the perfect point of ripeness. The old vine crest on the label pays tribute to the old vines that started it all.Old Vine wines have a unique and special character. They produce only 3 or 4 clusters per vine, resulting in concentrated, rich flavors and possess a deep complexity. Amazing layers of flavor and spice surface in the wine as a direct result of the relationship of the soil, 30 feet deep root system and 100+ year old vines. These factors, combined with the cool, eastern facing hillside vineyard location in the heart of the Russian River Valley, cannot be replicated any other way. This Old Vine Zinfandel is a true expression of a specific place- that can only be manifested in this distinct environment.
About the Producer
Guy Davis' wine roots run deep, reaching back to the age of nineteen when he worked in a French restaurant in Seattle while pursuing an economics degree at the University of Washington. Guy worked as an assistant to the chef. After the last customer left and the doors closed, Guy would retire to the kitchen to make dinner for the owner and chef before joining them for a night of food, wine, and conversation. Each night, they'd open bottles of great wine from France, always combined with great French food and a healthy dose of good conversation. Guy was an eager, open listener. And over glasses of wine, his enthusiasm grew. As he drank from the classic wine regions of France, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, the men schooled him on the origins and characteristics of each particular region.
Judy Davis has shared a passion for wine with husband Guy for nearly 30 years. Her wine journey began in the restaurant world while she put herself through college and developed into a full time venture when Guy and Judy founded the Passport Wine Club in 1992. Judy considers herself a lucky member of the team traveling through France with Guy during the Passport days, touring, tasting, and honing their acuity for finding little known wine gems from the regions of France and Argentina.
In 1997, Judy and Guy stepped across the great divide into farming and winemaking when they founded Davis Family Vineyards. Their two sons have absorbed a far-reaching understanding of wine through hands-on experience and followed them into the wine business. Cole is the cellar master and assistant winemaker at Davis Family Vineyards, and Cooper is attending Sonoma State University working toward his Wine Marketing degree. 3rd generation up-and-comer Luke, Cole's young son, has his eagle eye trained on the vineyard activities and regularly jumps in with full enthusiasm for the venture!
Guy and Judy planted and live on their vineyard and farm it organically. Judy assists with hospitality at the winery and represents Davis Family Vineyards at marketing and sales events across the U.S. She is Guy's "test palate" on frequent occasion, with home blind-tastings a regular occurrence as the wines are readied for bottling, and samples grapes at harvest as well. Judy also partners with Guy on olive oil production and the annual blending of their signature olive oil. In her other life, Judy is an RN, and has worked for 25 years in Labor and Delivery, and the last 4 years as the Charge Nurse in the Ob/Gyn Department at Kaiser Permanente.
Farming/vinification practices & sustainability: organic farming. Only indigenous yeasts are used. The wines are not fined. Davis uses Nomacorc Green Line corks, made from sustainable, renewable sugarcane-based raw materials.
Davis Family Vineyards