In 1887, when asked if there was any spot in California that could produce wine as good as Europe, Eugene Hilgard the dean of California Viticulture replied: “Why yes, Senator Hearst Vineyard on the Agua Caliente Bench.” This was the last vineyard that Senator George Hearst planted (and among the first on rootstock) before he died in 1891. Most of the vines were planted between 1885 and 1888.
This one-of-its-kind wine is produced from 126-year-old vines, the majority of which come from two of California’s greatest vineyards, located in the Agua Caliente Bench where Hearst had his last hurrah: Sonoma Valley’s Old Hill Ranch and Bedrock Vineyard. It is a Zinfandel co-fermentation with a number of different mixed black varieties. The result is a classic Sonoma Ancient Vine Zinfandel with deep, dark color and bold, harmonious flavor. Crafted by the masters of Sonoma Zinfandel, this wine is destined to be a benchmark of Ancient Vine Zinfandel.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.