We began producing an interesting series of vineyard specific old-vine Zinfandels in the 2004 vintage. The series contains this wine, Wagon Wheel, along with Three Goose, Old Barn and Wind Machine. “Old Vine” is a complimentary term applied to grape vines that are at least 40 years in age. These gnarled old vines are often head-pruned and allowed to grow quite naturally unfettered by trellis or guiding wires. We applied the fanciful name Wagon Wheel to evoke the look of the vine’s canes, growing from the tops of these head-pruned vines, circling the plant and making a sort of grape vine wagon wheel. Wagon Wheel proves that Zinfandel can have finesse as well as power. The classic black pepper aromas and brambly fruit flavors are to be expected of Dry Creek Zinfandel. The surprise is the wine’s precise balance and accessible structure.
Gold Medal, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Discount: $5.00 * ZAP Members - no charge for tasting; guests are two for one tasting fee.
Wine Purchase Discount at Winery: 15% on cases 10% on bottles Offers ZAP Members Invitations to Wine Club or Special Events
Winery Founded: 1981 Winery Location Region: Northern Sonoma Cases Produced: 3,000 Winery Open for Tasting: Yes Winery Charges for Tasting: Yes; $10.00 * Tasting fee waived for ZAP members who present their membership card.
Retail Sales at Winery: Yes Offers Online Sales: Yes * Check our winery’s website for details: www.alderbrook.com
Has a Wine Club: Yes * We created this club specifically for Zinfandel devotees. Club Zinfandel members receive six annual shipments featuring Alderbrook Zinfandel from our estate and various old vine vineyards. See website for details. Offers Winery Tours: Yes Offers Vineyard Tours: Yes Food Available at Winery: Yes * Select artisan cheeses, deli meats, and gourmet goodies. Has a Picnic Area: Yes * Alderbrook is the perfect setting for a Sonoma winery picnic. Our wrap-around veranda and in-the-vineyard lawn offer a stunning wine country view from the comfort of shaded picnic tables. Our tasting room offers everything you'll need: a bottle of wine and glasses, select artisan cheeses, deli meats, and gourmet goodies. We look forward to seeing you!
Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: By Appt. Only * Monday-Thursday tours only