Premium Zinfandel wine Sausal Private Reserve Zinfandel 2004 was made entirely from estate-grown vines averaging 90 years old. These old vines impart a rich premium Zinfandel character indicative of the soil in the eastern foothills of the Alexander Valley. Since they are dry farmed, the fruit is concentrated and abundant, creating a big, bold Zinfandel. Sausal Private Reserve 2004 vintage greets you with a deep, dark, red hue. Blackberry, black currant and a touch of cinnamon on the nose are just a hint of what this robust Zinfandel has to offer. A strong back bone of berries and spice carry through the long smooth finish. With its 22 months of aging in Vosges French Oak barrels, this wine will sweep you off your feet! Drink through 2017.
The Demostene family history reads like a short course in the history of the Alexander Valley from the turn of the century. In 1901, Manuel Demostene, a native of Genoa Italy, began work on a ranch in the Valley. Soon thereafter, another Italian immigrant Abele Ferrari (pictured left) accepted work at Italian Swiss Colony in nearby Asti. A mechanical whiz, Ferrari soon purchased the Healdsburg Machine Shop and began manufacturing winemaking equipment. Most notable was the Healdsburg Crusher for which he held 11 patents. During prohibition Abele's business faltered along with all other wine-related industries. Abele never lost faith and in 1923, after a steady decline in property values he seized the opportunity to purchase Soda Rock Ranch and Winery in the Alexander Valley. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the enterprising Abele Ferrari completely rebuilt the old stone winery using recycled materials. Romance brought the first two generations of Italian immigrants together. In 1936, Manuel Demostene's son, Leo married Abele Ferrari's daughter, Rose. The young couple established their new home at Soda Rock Winery where Leo took over duties as winemaker. Leo's dream was to have a winery of his own one day and in 1956 Leo and Rose took the first step by purchasing Sausal Ranch. A 125 acre property planted to prunes, apples and zinfandel wine grapes. Many of the original vines were quite old and clearly established prior to the publication of an 1877 atlas of the area. For old-timers like Leo it was a simple fact of life that the Alexander Valley was best suited for growing red wine grapes. With the help of his four children - Dave, Ed, Peachie and Cindy- scores of acres of new zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon plantings were installed over the next decade. During this time the entire family continued to help their grandfather at Soda Rock Winery aware that the knowledge gained there would be of real benefit someday. Leo's dreams of converting an old prune dehydrator into a winemaking facility at Sausal Ranch were not realized before his death in 1973. That same year however, after a remarkable effort from his children Leo's sogni d'oro, his "golden dream", was fulfilled. This brings us to the third generation of this winemaking family. Dave, Ed, Peachie and Cindy have turned their father's dream into a reality and each play a key role in keeping the dream alive.
RATINGS: 88 Points - Wine Spectator
89 Points - California Grapevine
Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast