Sonoma Valley Estate Grown
OLD VINE ZINFANDEL • FIELD BLEND •
Production: 100 cases • Bottled: November 2015 • 14 Months in Oak • Winemaker: Julia Iantosca
From the moment we saw Justi Creek Ranch, we knew that we were home. The site is rich in history; it has played host to winemaking since the late 1800’s. Recently, the Heritage Blocks were added to our estate, reuniting lands that had once been part of the Los Guilicos Rancho. This land includes a rare gem, an old vine Zinfandel block planted in 1919. This block is a classic field blend vineyard. The name, L’Ame du Sage, is a French phrase for “soul of the wise man,” paying homage to the century-old vines that distinguish this wine. We have taken the fruit from these ancient, low yielding vines and handcrafted a classically structured, completely delicious wine. With luscious raspberry and blackberry flavors entwined with black pepper and spice, it is a wine that will not soon be forgotten. These vines have weathered the passage of time, yielding a wine of depth and richness, and perhaps a touch of wisdom.
JUSTI CREEK VINEYARDS | HERITAGE BLOCKS
The Lasseter Family Winery estate in Sonoma Valley is rich in historical significance, encompassing organically farmed vineyards and an eco-friendly winery. Justi Creek Vineyards, part of the stunning 95-acre ranch on the outskirts of Glen Ellen, is comprised of three adjacent parcels of land, formerly parts of Rancho Vallejo and Rancho Los Guilicos. Nancy and John Lasseter embarked on an environmentally sensitive upgrading of their property, lovingly restoring the natural habitat and converting the vineyards exclusively to organic farming practices. The pond was completely revitalized, and beehives and insectaries were established in order to provide homes for beneficial insects. The certified organic vineyards are flourishing under the watchful eye of vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Today the land is alive and once again expresses this historical region’s unique terroir. The Heritage Blocks, ten acres just west of the winery, are the warmest location on the estate. The heart of the Heritage Blocks is a century old Zinfandel block, a classic field blend that includes eight other varieties: Cabernet Franc, Alicante, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir de Calmete, Peloursin, Lenoir, Merlot and Mourvédre. The remainder of the Heritage Blocks has been redeveloped using heirloom clonal selections of Grenache, Mourvédre and Cinsault from our own and neighboring old vine vineyards. These new plantings are traditional goblet style (head pruned) with ‘one-and-a-half horse’ avenues. We consider it a privilege to be Stewards of old vines; it is imperative to preserve the rich heritage of Sonoma Valley for generations to come.