Wine Last Sold on: March 9, 2013
Scott Harvey Wines
2010 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
|Region:||California: Amador County|
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Mission Codename: The Ancients
- Agent Red
- Return to Scott Harvey Wines and procure our fourth successive vintage of their Operative-favorite, Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel
- Mission Status
- Scott Harvey
Very highly recommended, today’s wonderful 2010 Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel is such a wonderful, delicious wine, filled with flavor and great character. A worthy follow-up to the previous vintages, today’s wine marks the 5th successive vintage that we’ve featured. As always, winemaker, Scott Harvey delivers a balanced and delicious wine that is sure to please all Zinfandel fans.
If you’ve never tasted an Amador County Zin, you are in for a real treat. The ancient vines from which this wine sprang are still producing remarkable and distinctive fruit. This wine is bright, juicy, complex and very approachable.
Pair with BBQ pork, a garlic rubbed steak, grilled to perfection, or a spicy roasted chicken.
Perfect ruby hues with a clear and slightly darker core. At the edge of the wine, a wide band of pink runs a circle around the wine. When swirled, tall, skinny, wine-colored tears run quickly down to the wine below.
Sweet and jammy, with sweet spice and earthy aromatics that give the wine a very appealing balance on the nose. The more you spin, the more it comes alive, with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, sweet brown brown spice, sweet pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, cranberry and black pepper
Medium-weight, soft and round as the wine crosses the threshold of the mouth. The wine gains some weightiness at the mid-palate as it takes on a plush, softly dry feel. Fine, integrated tannins provide a lovely frame for the bright fruit.
Delicious blackberry, cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry provide the initial rush of sweet flavors. These are underpinned by young blueberry, sweet tobacco leaf, cigar box, dark chocolate and dark dried flower petals.
Very long and very flavorful, the wine finishes with dark berry fruit. A soft mineral-infused dryness spreads from the edges of the palate, inward, eventually drying the entire palate.
What the Winery Says
Produced in the old world style of balanced wine making. We want the wine to express the Amador Zinfandel terroir with good balance of fruit, French Oak, structural tannins and medium alcohol.
Briary varietal Zinfandel. Notes of roses, pomegranate, bright red fruits, white pepper and Redwood forest. The long, lingering finish makes this a complete wine from beginning to end.
Enjoy now through 2022
About the Winery
Growing up in California’s Sierra Mountains Region, Scott developed a keen interest in winemaking as a high school exchange student in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany. Scott attended California State University at Sacramento before beginning practical Enology training at Montevina Winery in Amador County. Back to Germany in 1975, he apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt. Once again returning to Montevina Winery, Scott focused on all aspects of winemaking and running a winery. From farming the grapes to effectively marketing the wine, Scott solidified his knowledge and experience. In 1978, at the age of twenty-three, Scott took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, also in Amador County.
Creator of “Menage a Trois” Wine
In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for newly purchased, Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. Combining forces with Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker, Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel. Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers, resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In addition, Scott’s creation, the “Menage a Trois” line of wines, was an instant commercial success. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery. Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran.
Scott Harvey Wines, the initial line of wines in the “Creative Wine Concepts” portfolio, was created out of market demand for Scott’s wines – “niche wines that over deliver.” The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots – Zinfandel, Syrah and Barbera from the Sierras. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace. Scott has hit his stride with his new mantra – “Scott Harvey Wines, it’s time!” Stay tuned – this is just the beginning!