The Alex Cooper Project 2012 Red, Doug Rafanelli Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Item Number: 9848
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation: Doug Rafanelli Vineyard
Grape(s): 86% Zinfandel / 14% Petite Sirah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Aging: 3 to 4-year-old French oak barrels
Vintage: 2012 was truly an ideal vintage. The clusters were very even. The ripening was on the short side. Both varieties from the vineyard were picked at the same time on October 16. Grapes were harvested by hand.
Vinification: Graped enjoyed a three-day cold soak. Fermentation occurred with native yeast. Malolactic fermentation finished early spring.
Tasting Notes: There are tons and tons of freshly picked, bright red raspberry. A string of earthy, leathery notes runs through the wine with a very soft, silky yet intense finish. The is the absolute ideal wine for hunks of baby lamb off the barbecue. Also, it is a very good sushi vintage with the absence of any new oak.