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(2) - 2013 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, 750ml
(2) - 2013 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 750ml

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2013 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
Similar to the well-received 2011 Pitts Home Ranch Zin, the '13 comes out swinging with huge black pepper and a solid backstop of floral red cherry. While black pepper and red fruit represent the core, floral potpourri and spicy perfume trim out this wine, making it one of the most complex and interesting Zins we've crafted. The above average night temperatures softened the acidic backbone, allowing for early enjoyment, but will taste even better with a few years in the bottle. As always. This wine is the culmination of 13 years of focus and attention to detail on the 5 acre block located on the Estate. It's ready right. now. Enjoy!

Winemaker Notes: In 2013, the Russian River Valley experienced near-perfect weather conditions. Above average temperatures during the day and slightly above average temperaturea t night offer a fuller-bodied, riper approach than a normal Harvest Moon Zin. The vineyard for this wine is meticulously managed in order to concentrate the sugars in the grapes, offering the most intense aromas and flavors possible. Approximately 35% of the clusters are thinned (dropped on the ground) and many leaves are pulled to allow sun and airflow through, further concentrating the flavors. We harvested this block over the course of a month as to capture various flavors ranging from tart cran-cherry and pepper (25%) to juicy dark raspberry (40%) to ripe dark fruit and more pepper (35%). The three lots were aged separately for the first year in 100% neutral oak, then blended and aged an additional 8 months in barrel for a May 2015 unfiltered bottling.

2013 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Faint black pepper and dark blackberry aromas begin the journey. More black fruit, pepper and spice hit the palate with a juicy burst. There is a unique floral herb lingering on the long drawn out finish. The mere 10% new oak wears well without interfering with the gorgeous fruit core. Drink now until 2022.

Food Pairing: Brisket and Pulled Pork

Winemaker Notes: In 2013, the Russian River Valley experienced near perfect weather conditions. Above average temperatures during the day and slightly above average temperatures at night offer a fuller bodied, riper approach than a normal Harvest Moon Zinfandel. The fruit for this blend of Estate Zinfandel is grown at three tiny vineyards all located within 4 miles of the winery. These vineyards range from a baby 8 year old vineyard to an established 25 year old vineyard to an old vine block planted over 8 decades ago. Each component adds its own personality to the overall blend. Lighter brighter fruit form the young vines, spice and the "punch" from the mature Pitts Home Ranch vineyard and the body and dark fruit from the deep-rooted, dry farmed old vine.

Carefully harvested from mid-September to the first of October, these lots were fermented in 3/4 ton open top t-bins. With an average fermentation lasting 12 days, the grapes had enough skin contact to release color and structure yet, yet allowed the elegance of Russian River Valley Zinfandel to shine. As evidence of the lighter hue, our fermentation management was one of a gentle yet consistent approach. Punchdowns occured every 8 hours beginning at 6am, then again at 2pm and finally again at 10pm. Keeping the cap wet is essential in preventing a film to build on the surface, detrimental to future aromas and fresh flavors.

This wine was blended in December of 2014 and bottled in May 2015 with very light filtration

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Owner/Winemaker Randy Pitts shares that this is a rare offering - his flagship, top-tier Zinfandels.


2013 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
  • Barrel Regime: Aged 20 months in 5% new Radaux hybrid french/american oak, 95% neutral, mature oak aging vessels
  • Alcohol: 14.20%
  • Residual Sugar: <0.05 g/L
  • Bottled: May 2015
  • Production: 450 cases

2013 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma County

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
  • Cooperage: 20% UMX Radaux hybrid barrels
  • Alcohol: 14.20%
  • Residual Sugar: .06g/L
  • Bottled: May 2015

Winery Details

Harvest Moon Estate & Winery

The Pitts Family
Santa Rosa, CA

The Harvest Moon: the moon at and about the period of fullness that is nearest to the autumnal equinox.  In the legend of the Harvest moon, it is said that all full moons have their own special characteristics based primarily on the whereabouts of the ecliptic in the sky at the time of year that these moons are visible.

Harvest Moon Estate and Winery was founded on growing, producing and bottling world-class Russian River Valley wine in a balanced, elegant style. Our premise is that Russian River Valley Zinfandel can be just as layered and complex as any Pinot Noir or Bordeaux variety in the world and receive the same respect.  The Pitts family has grown quality grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1976. In 2000, son Randy reverse migrated from San Francisco back to Sonoma County to assume the farming responsibilities at the family's modest nine-acre ranch. In conjunction with lessons on farming by his Dad and a few viticulture/enology courses at the local junior college, Randy made a barrel of homemade Zinfandel off the ranch's back block which turned out exceptionally tasty. Quickly concluding that properly farmed and judiciously fermented, Zinfandel has great capabilities of being California's own wine nobility.  The growers-turned winemakers birthed their inaugural vintage in 2002 and look forward to making their Zinprint on the winescene for decades to come.

In addition to growing Zinfandel, Harvest Moon also hand crafts small amounts of Russian River Valley Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

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