93 POINTS - Wine Spectator
Old Vine Zinfandel’s viticultural legacy in the Russian River Valley dates back to the late 19th century, when Italian immigrants settled there and planted Zinfandel. In 1916 one of these immigrants, Benito Montafi, planted a Zinfandel-based “field blend” in the high plains of the Piner-Olivet district, which has a long history of producing compelling old vine Zinfandels. For us, having produced Zinfandel for many years from the adjacent Vera Gold Vineyard, we were ecstatic when the opportunity arose to purchase Montafi in 2014.
With tannin-driven textural richness, this elegant “old vine” Zinfandel boasts notes of briary black fruit, toasted brioche, and subtle, site-specific hints of eucalyptus, adding complexity and regional distinctiveness.
Food Pairing Notes
Smoked ribs, grilled sausages and rib-eye steak. Cassoulet with duck confit, rich meaty pastas like Bolognese. Aged goat cheeses like Gouda.