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Once and Future Oakley Road Vineyard Zinfandel 2019

Red Wine from USA - California
3.000000000 star rating 2 Reviews
We have once again agreed a great price on this wine which gives a great introduction to Joel Peterson's famously "no wimpy wine" style. This Californian zinfandel is from vines planted on sandy soils in the 1880s, leading to a characterful wine of spiced blackberry, mocha and intense red fruit that is best decanted.
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Code: US9641

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Very full and rich
  • Zinfandel
  • Now to 2029
  • 14.9% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural
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Joel Peterson is one of North America’s greatest winemakers. Buyer Sarah Knowles MW tells us about his Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Zinfandel 2019. Video transcript

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Once & Future Oakley Road Vineyard Zinfandel 2019 

Sometimes to source great wine, you have to follow fantastic winemakers, and Joel Peterson is just that. After his Ravenswood success, where he was the ‘godfather of zin’, he ended up deciding that he would run Once & Future as part of his retirement hobby. Borrowing space in his son’s winery and dusting off his old redwood vats, he’s only making the amount of wine that he can manage himself. Here, he’s chosen to work with a vineyard that he’s worked with for many years called Oakley Road. It’s a sand-based vineyard planted in the 1880s, and the zinfandel here is an incredible quality with tiny yields. Full of boysenberry and damson, and rich blackcurrant flavours, this is a wine that is delicious in his youth but will age brilliantly in a cellar, and will get better for at least another 10 to 20 years. 

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California Vintage 2019

2019 was, notwithstanding some terrible fires, a very good one.A long warm summer made up for wet weather in the spring and the growing season was long. Harvesting was carried out without the necessity to rush anything, and most fruit was safely gathered in when wildfires broke out late in October. Some wineries were devastated by the flames but most came away unscathed and with little smoke taint affecting the wines. White varieties show excellent potential, as does pinot noir, but most reds show very well in a very good vintage.

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