2011 Hawley “Ponzo Vineyard” Zinfandel (Russian River)


2011 Hawley “Ponzo Vineyard” Zinfandel (Russian River)

$30 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

John Hawley leveraged his 25+ years of winemaking experience with Clos du Bois and Kendall-Jackson to launch his own brand in 1996. He works with his two sons, Paul and Austin to produce terrific wines.

The Ponzo family has been farming their ranch just south of
Healdsburg on the Russian River since 1929. The vineyard hugs the border of the Dry Creek and Russian River Valley appellations. The grapes for this zinfandel came from two separate blocks on the Ponzo ranch. The first is head-trained vines planted from cuttings off of the original 100-year-old vineyard on the property. The second is from a block closer to the Russian River planted with cuttings of the Ridge Geyserville clone.

Winery Tasting Notes: “Shows bright aromas of raspberry with notes of spice and pepper. It is rich and well balanced with ripe flavors of red plum and wild strawberries. The wine finishes remarkably long with spicy vanilla and brambly flavors lingering. This wine typically drinks best in its youth, and being recently bottled, could benefit from another year or so of bottle aging before being at its best.”

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