Wine Maker Notes
The harvest of 2011 had a cool, wet spring and cool summer providing moderate growing conditions and a crop size small enough to take advantage fo the cool weather. About mid-October a series of storms that usually stay in Washington State and Oregon decided on a not so small excursion to Northern California. These early rains made for a challenging harvest, but the dedication of growers to wait for the grapes to dry out, coupled with the winemaking team going aroud the clock when the weather was good, resulted in some really nice wines. The colors are dark, rivaling the 2010 vintage, flavors are luscious and tannins moderate.
Our estate-grown grapes are supplemented by fruit sourced from premier Amador County vineyards. The Old Vine Zinfandel tradition continues to thrive at Renwood with select vineyard sites that feature old vine, dry farmed, head-pruned Zinfandel. Each source is specially selected to highlight unique soils, elevations, exposure and vine material. Our winemakers work with these growers and recommend viticulture practices which result in the highest quality fruit. Renwood grows and sources grapes from more than 400 acres in Amador County.Some of the most important decisions we make each year are in the vineyard. The quality of fruit that we grow and buy from other Amador vineyards defines the wines that we ultimately produce. Our estate vineyard is located on the hills behind the winery and is predominantly planted with the Grandpère® clone of Zinfandel in both head trained and trellised vines. The slope of the vineyard has shallow soils with good drainage which is optimal for Zinfandel. We also grow Petite Sirah, Mourvedrè, Barbera and Alicante, which can be found in some of our Grandpère® Zinfandel blends. We analyze each block of land and plant and grow the varietal best suited to the conditions of that block. Within a single acre we sometimes locate several varietals to optimize growing conditions and foster the flavors and tastes that define our wines.