Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The February Zinfandel of the Month is the 2019 SEAWOLF Zinfandel Battaglini Vineyard.
I chose this Zinfandel as my Zinfandel of the Month as SEAWOLF was a new label to me but I couldn’t help be intrigued by the story of the winery and the source of the fruit.
SEAWOLF Wines is a partnership between two winemakers dedicated to natural winemaking and hands-on organic farming. Living life in the vineyard and on the sea has spawned SEAWOLF Wines. Founded by Jesse Hall and Emma Kudritzki Hall in 2014 the winery the winery is located at the top of Anderson Valley in the Yorkville Highlands. At their organic dry farmed Estate vineyard in Yorkville, they grow Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
The Battaglini Vineyard is located on the Santa Rosa plains of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1885 using cuttings brought over from Tuscany.
2019 SEAWOLF Zinfandel Battaglini Vineyard – Maroon in color. 14.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red and black fruits, cocoa and pepper. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Rich, plush, well balanced and bursting with dark, juicy fruits. Black cherry, blackberry liqueur, spice and a hint of citrus on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Elegant, beguiling Zinfandel that is immediately appealing. This will drink well for another 3-5 years. $53 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.
Review based on a sample provided by the winery.
SEAWOLF Wines is the first winery on Highway 128 as you enter the Anderson Valley into Mendocino County. The winery is open for tastings by appointment. I look forward to following and visiting the winery in the years to come.