Rattlesnake™ Zinfandel is a tribute to the crest called Rattlesnake Hill, the highest point of the Monte Rosso Vineyard. It’s famous for the rattlesnakes living among the vines, seeking the abundant sunshine by day and coiling around and inside the vines at nightfall.
In 2017, heavy winter rains fueled vine growth early in the season – a warm, steady summer and fall followed, leading to a slightly early harvest with intensely fruit-driven yields. Even in slightly inconsistent years, Monte Rosso’s elevation and aspect determinedly inform astonishing, character-driven wines. The vineyard’s southwestern facing slopes drain quickly and encourage vines to reach deep into the earth for ultra-concentrated, site-specific flavors.
Full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has a plush texture and fantastic freshness...
– Robert Parker, 2016