Jeb Dunnuck 92
"A terrific value, the 2016 Zinfandel Sonoma County offers terrific, classic notes of dried berry fruits, sandalwood, exotic spices, and brambly herbs in a medium-bodied, ultra-fine, elegant package. It’s very much in the style of the 2016 vintage with its focused, clean, classic style, and it’s going to drink beautifully for 7-8 years."
"95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
This wine is blend of vineyards spanning the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley: Gore, El Diablo, Sommer and Ponzo. 10% Whole Cluster and only native yeast is used. Aged 11 months in 10% new, 90% neutral French oak barrique."
Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, the mastermind behind such amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla. When he purchased a St. Helena property back in 2004, he knew he wanted to plant grapes on the hillside that at the time contained an apple orchard. After a few years of pondering, he decided that the locale was ideal for one of his early loves in the vine world - Zinfandel. Four acres are currently planted, with the original vines hitting the dirt in 2011.
Zinfandel is, for Ehren, a return to his roots, having been the wines that established his reputation as a talented vigneron. Similar to the approach at Failla, most of the Day Zinfandel wines are sourced from Sonoma County; an area largely unexplored during Ehren's tenure at Turley.
Great sites, old vines, and gentle winemaking remain the production philosophy for Day. Ehren is more than thrilled to work with some of California's finest Zinfandel vineyards; we hope you are as pleased with the wines as we are.
A student of Art History, Ehren has long nurtured a love of modern innovation's reflection of past brilliance. This has taken shape in his devotion to organic farming, use of native yeasts, and willingness to experiment with concrete eggs and kiln-fired, terra cotta amphora to ferment his wines. For Day, the artisan approach continues with one of the oldest continually produced (and oft-maligned) grape varietals in the American wine world: Zinfandel.
Inspired by the climate and geology of Sonoma County and the statement Zinfandel has made on the region since the 1860s, Ehren has set his sights on vineyards of pedigree for the backbone of the Day lineup. Much like Pinot Noir and Gamay (both of which are stacked high in Ehren's cellar), Zinfandel is a varietal that offers clear transparency of terroir; true expression without need for undue fussing at the winery.
For Ehren, the Farm and its Farmer is where the story truly begins. Whether it's Hector Garcia who has been farming the El Diablo vineyard for over 40 years, or the harmonious relationship Ulysses Valdez has with every vineyard he touches, each site's connection to talented farmers is paramount in the creation of quality grapes.
Day is proud to offer a clear vision of how important the relationship between location, varietal, and the painstaking labor of man is to that time-honored sentiment that great wine is indeed made in the vineyard.
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Turley Wine Cellars was founded in Napa Valley by Larry Turley in 1993. Because Larry has never met an old vine vineyard he didn't like, Turley now makes 34 separate wines from 38 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800s. Often weak and decaying, these old vine vineyards require extra care and attention in order to restore them to their former glory. After twenty-five years as an emergency room physician, Larry can now focus his resuscitative skills on the various old vineyards that comprise the wines he loves. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and only natural yeasts are used in the fermentations. By focusing on old vine Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California's unique winemaking culture.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic