By Kori ~ January 23rd, 2012.
St. Francis Winery, located in Santa Rosa, California, has been producing varietal wines from Sonoma County vineyards for over 35 years. Co-founder Joe Martin and his wife Emma purchased the 100-acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971. After several years in the vineyard business, Joe and his business partner Lloyd Canton established St. Francis Winery in 1979. The winery is named for St. Francis of Assisi, who is believed to have been the first to bring European grape cultivation to the New World.
In 1999, St. Francis built a new winery facility on the Wild Oak Vineyard, which is about one mile from the original winery site. The St. Francis Visitors Center was completed in 2001 and features three separate tasting bars.
Recently, we had the opportunity to taste their 2007 â€œOld Vinesâ€ Zinfandel in a blind samples tasting. It is excellent and delivers serious bang for your buck. To be used in the St. Francis â€œOld Vinesâ€ Zinfandel program, the vines must be at least 50 years old, and many are 100 years old, must be head pruned without benefit of trellising, and must be dry farmed.
2007 St. Francis Winery â€œOld Vinesâ€ Zinfandel (Sonoma County, California): Deep red in color. Nice nose with molasses and black fruit aromas. Black plum, cinnamon, and apple cider come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity and medium to high tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $19.95; Available elsewhere, $12 to $26
Filed under: American Wine, California Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25, Zinfandel