The Carmichael Vineyard was initially part of the Rancho Sotoyomi land grant, then purchased in the mid-1800s by Archibald Carmichael. Ridge starting farming the western half of this 100-acre property in 2000, and the 2007 is the fourth release. Winemaker's note: "A mild winter, followed by a warm spring,brought an early start to the growing season. Unseasonably cool summer weather slowed progress, but the grapes ripened by late August - two weeks ahead of schedule. The vineyard parcels were crushed to three separate tanks for natural-yeast fermentation. We pressed at the sixth day, on average, and assembled the wine before it completed an uninoculated secondary, which finished the following February. Aged for twelve months in air-dried American oak barrels (a quarter new, a quarter one year old, the rest five years old), the wine clarified naturally through settling and quarterly racking. This full-flavored, elegant Zinfandel was picked at moderate ripeness; approachable now, it will be at its best over the next four to five years."
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