Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 Points- The Fredericks vineyard is located very close to the Napa border in the Moon Mountain AVA, planted in 1937 on terraces at an elevation of 900 feet. Deep ruby-purple in the glass, the 2017 Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard gives aromas of preserved peach, blueberry, boysenberry, cinnamon toast and warm baking spice, with a black cherry liqueur and baked blackberries core plus a rocky hint. Medium to full-bodied, it's youthfully coiled in the mouth with dense layers of fruit and earthy nuances, firm, fine-grained tannins and great freshness to lift the long finish.
From the winemaker- Officially in the newest cool-kid AVA of Moon Mountain, the Fredericks Vineyard is a genuine rarity: old vine concentration and complexity coupled with mountainside structure and tannin. The 2017 is refined, with excellent purity of fruit on the nose. The site’s characteristic deep blue fruits are especially vibrant in ’17, with hints of vitamin C and orange peel as well. Powerfully textured, with plenty of typical mountain tannic structure on the extended finish.
All natural yeasts used in all fermentations
Aged in 80% used oak barriques, of which 80% is French (the rest American)
Bottled after 15 months in barrel