America’s Oldest Zinfandel
Produced in the old world style of balanced wine making. We want the wine to express the Amador Zinfandel terroir with a good balance of fruit, French oak, structural tannins and medium alcohol. The wine is made in the California Claret style reminiscent of the balanced Zinfandels produced back in the 60’s and 70’s. Briary varietal layered Zinfandel with flavors of blackberry, fig, pomegranate, violets and a balanced, fleshy center with hints of coffee and bright currants. Old Vine complexity with first growth quality.
roduced 68% from the Harvey Vineyard, America’s oldest Zinfandel Vineyard documented as existing in 1869. “Vineyard 1869” was planted in the days when horses were used for cultivation. This ancient vineyard is non-irrigated, stand alone head pruned vines that fully express the Amador Zinfandel terroir. 68% 145+ year old vines from the Harvey Vineyard known as “Vineyard 1869”, 11% Zinfandel from the Manby Vineyard. 5% Zinfandel from the DeMille Vineyard. 11% Syrah from the York Vineyard. 5% Barbera from the Coon Vineyard. This is the taste of history!
For over 145 years these ancient vines have plunged their roots through twenty-five feet of multiple soil types in search of water. The result is an elegant, complex, first-growth wine. Vineyard 1869’s existence was noted in a deed from an 1869 U.S. Geological Survey, making it America’s oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard. The immigrants who planted these vines chose them from hardy stock. In the 1890’s the vines survived the nearly total destruction of California’s vineyards by phylloxera. Due to moon-lit nights of unregulated distillation, Vineyard 1869 also survived Prohibition. It wasn’t until 1984 when the vineyard was purchased by Scott Harvey, a German-trained, California winemaker, that the vines were lovingly coaxed back into producing small yields of high quality, first-growth Zinfandel. It is now coveted for producing California’s premier Old Vine Zinfandel.
Appellation: Amador County
Blend: 84% Zinfandel, 11% Syrah, 5% Barbera
Cooperage: 20 months French Oak
RS: Dry <0.2%
2015 Winemaker’s Reserve Zinfandel, Amador County
Zinfandel from the Bowman and Spinetta Vineyards, both planted in the mid-1970’s. These high elevation, mountainous vineyards are non-irrigated, stand-alone head pruned vines that produce well-structured, earthy Zinfandel. Produced in the old world style of balanced wine making. This wine expresses the Amador Zinfandel terroir with well balanced fruit, French oak, structural tannins and medium alcohol. 30% of the French oak is new with the balane being older, used barrels. This briary varietal Zinfandel is extractive and bold with flavors and aromas of bright cherry, cigar tobacco, spicy pepper and hints of well-blended oak. This low alcohol, old world style Zinfandel is refreshing and complex.
The smell of a fresh rain on a dusty road. Chocolate covered cherries abound in this red fruit wine. Cranberry mixed with mincemeat show through this extractive claret style “Old World Style Zinfandel”. A rich mouth feel adds to the rounded complexity and long lingering finish of this medium bodied wine. Try this food friendly Zinfandel with any grilled meat or chicken or pair with pizza, pasta or burgers!
Primarily produced from the vineyards located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. The granite soils of Amador County are well suited to producing distinctive, earthy, full bodied Zinfandels that have a wonderful character all to themselves. 2014 is a drought vintage which produced lower yields of smaller more extractive fruit.
95% Bowman Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley (40 year old vines)
3% Syrah from the York Vineyard, Fiddletown, CA
Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah, 2% Barbera
Cooperage: 21 months, French Oak
RS: Dry <0.2%
2015 Mountain Selection Barbera, Amador County
Blueberry and raspberry blend into a bright center of cola, and red liquorish flowing into a flavorful lingering finish. Grown on steep mountainous terrain in the higher elevations of the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, California. Produced in the Italian old world, food friendly style.
86% 2015 & 14% 2016 Vintage from Amador County.
Alcohol: Labeled @ 14.5%, actual is 15.4%
Cooperage: 27 months in French Oak
RS: Dry <.2%
2015 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel, Amador County
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 with Old World style and color. A spicy, earthy and refreshing wine with flavors and aromas of all spice, blackberry, mincemeat pie, pepper and tobacco come together with a well-defined tannin structure. A complete wine from first sip to the long lingering finish.
A complex wine due to the Zinfandel in the wine coming from two great vineyards. The Bowman Vineyard atop the west facing slope of Bowman Mountain and the Manby Vineyard coming off the north side of the same mountain. A small amount of Syrah from the York Vineyard in Fiddletown adds spice and complexity.
Winery: Scott Harvey Wines
Owners: Scott & Jana Harvey
Location: St. Helena, CA
After decades of creating and crafting premium wines for wineries like Santino and Folie a Deux – and putting Amador County on the map as a world-class appellation – Scott Harvey launched his own winery in 2004. With decades of winemaking experience on two continents, it’s no wonder his wines have become an immediate sensation. It’s an overnight success 35 years in the making. (Oh, and Scott’s not too shabby with a pen, either.)
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@chipgreen@pseudogourmet98 Not including shipping costs. The 5 wines are $175 on Scott’s webpage, so here it is approx. 43% off website prices, while the 12 wines are worth $400, so 52.5% off website prices. You are getting two sets of 5 for ten dollars cheaper then $200 which would be the cost of buying two 5 packs plus they are throwing in two free bottles of mountain selection. So the 12 is definitely the better value.
I’m in for a case with upgraded shipping. Sorry, not sharing! This is a great introduction to Scott’s Zinfandels for anyone not yet familiar and a great assortment to add to your existing collection for those who are (and a great value either way).
The 1869 and Old Vine Reserve are two of my all-time favorite Zinfandels and the Mountain Selection Zin is Scott’s most popular wine for good reason. The Barbera is a nice bonus as Amador County is an up and coming AVA for California Barberas.
Scott, this is the first I’ve seen of you offering a “Winemaker’s Reserve” Zin without a certain third party affiliation. How does this differ from the ones you have made previously?
Hope you’re having a great time on vacation. Jana and I are in Colorado on a sales trip. Winemaker’s reserve is a wine I produced extra of for a third party affiliation. We have been having a great response to it in our tasting rooms. It is made more in the style of the InZinerator style, but lower residual sugar.
Hi Casemates folks,
Always fun to be on Casemates. This is a good cross section of our Zinfandels and Barbera. All made in the old world style of making wines of place. Jana and I are in Colorado today working the market. So, I’ll be getting on intermittently in between calling on accounts. Had a great time doing a wonderful winemaker dinner at Crush Wine Bar in Castle Rock last night. Their cuisine sure made these wines shine. We poured many of the same wines on this offer plus the Forte.
The Winemaker’s reserve is a wine made from the same grapes or base wine used for the mt. selection Zinfandel at a little higher residual sugar than the Mt. Selection. So, the wine has a richer fuller center, but retains the good acidity and red fruit character of the Mt. Selection Zin.
hi all, i just posted this on the summer shipping thread:
** SCOTT HARVEY and next 3 offers**
Due to 4th of July landing smack dab in the middle of the week and in an abundance of caution, please add an additional week for deliveries on both normal summer shipping transit times.
For instance: if you select a Scott Harvey offer, Reefer consol trucks are not running the normal 6/27 departure. So east coast will consol the following Thursday on the 7/5 truck for delivery the following week.
West coast and expedited will not be impacted and will run normally for Scott Harvey.
will answer questions here on shipping. 4th of July is mucking everyone up on deliveries.
68% 145+ year old vines from the Harvey Vineyard known as “Vineyard 1869”
The only vintage of this that I see specs for in CT is the 2010 which consisted of 95% Zinfandel (100% of which was from the 1869 Vineyard) and 5% Petite Sirah. When did other Zins start getting blended into the bottling?
In this vintage, yes. Made the wine more complex and complete. In the 2016 vintage we will add less other wines, but will add one barrel each of Syrah and Petite Syrah. Always trying to make a complete wine from beginning to finish. In some vintages it requires more or less of different wines from my cellars spice box.
@lamplighter Tough to turn down, split a case and get an extra bottle while paying 5 bucks less, compared to the 5-pack. If you want me to, I’l order the case, and you can take your pick on which of the extra bottles you want, the Zin or the Barbera. Please let me know ASAP, because I’m heading to Utica right after noon tomorrow, and I’ll be AFK for most of the rest of the day.
@djgoproduct Last time was a split with me, not lamplighter. Watch to see if anyone else from the area chimes in. If not, order a case, and I’ll split it with you. Or if you don’t have free shipping, talk to bahwm (she’s in your building) and get her to order it. I’ve already ordered a case to split with lamplighter, and I don’t think I can order another.
I’d love to, but I’ve got so much delicious Scott Harvey that I just can’t . I’ve opened a couple of Barberas recently, and they’re so good…ethereal, high notes that are almost mesmerizing. And the zins; I personally prefer the Mountain Selection, but they’re all good. In fact, I’ve go so much Scott Harvey, and such a desire to spread the word that I gave a bottle of InZINerator to each of the 3 guys who delivered our hot tub last week. Best tip they got all day!
I just did the same. Gave the whole roofing crew a bottle each that recently put a new roof on our house. Got reports back the next day that they loved it. Good thing none of them fell off the roof after drinking the InZinerater the night before.
rpm as LAB RAT here. I was blessed with the opportunity to taste the 2015 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel.
This is a remarkable wine. The story you already know - the vines date to at least 1869 and Scott is one of the owners of the vineyard.
Scott has really done a magnificent job with this wine.
I gave it about an hour’s air before tasting with SWMBO.
It’s brilliantly clear (full Davis points), has a very concentrated, clearly classic Zinfandel nose with raspberries and spice predominating. Many, many Zins look almost as thick as Petite Sirah these days, this doesn’t. In fact, if you look at the wine in your glass, you’d say it has at best a medium body.
Looks are deceptive - what looks clear and even almost light in the glass has good legs and a remarkably rich mouth feel. An exceptionally well balanced wine that really fills your mouth (with Zinfandelly goodness!!!). Classic Zin flavors then move into a long finish. It’s got enough tannin to age, but it’s not so tannic as to be off-putting in youth.
As many of you know, I like Zinfandel. I like traditionally styled Zins that are not excessively alcoholic or made from overly ripe grapes that ends up tasting like raisins or prunes. (If I want to taste prunes, I’ll buy dried prunes, they’re a lot cheaper than wine…). The 1869 is the kind of Zin I don’t just like, it’s the kind of Zin I LOVE.
It’s hard to just say rpm AutoBuy about this wine. It’s more than that. It’s probably one of the dozen best Zinfandels I’ve had, ever. Certainly, the best I’ve had in past five or six years. Better (because richer) than the amazing 2009 and 2012 Dry Creek Heritage Zins I recommended on the 2012 and 2014 Tours, and better than anything I’ve had from Frogs Leap (another Zin favorite of mine) in the past several years.
Buy as much of this as you can afford, and then buy some more!
@rpm Couldn’t ask for a more favorable labrat report. Thanks. One thing, I am not a part owner. The vineyard belongs to my ex-wife Terri. Fortunately, she and I get along better now than before. She not only farms this vineyard for us, but also the Mt. Selection Barbera. She does a great job growing all these grapes.
So we have been drinking the 2014 Mountain Selection Zin previously offered (actually we bought the 2013 offering but they sent us 2014…we are happy). We have had maybe 5 bottles. It is a wonderful Zin. Give it some air and it just gets more soft and smooth. My wife and I opened a bottle tonight to report some tasting notes.
On initial PNP the nose is pretty hot, but we notice cherry, forest floor, stone and a just a faint touch of oak and smoke. While the nose is a little alcoholish, the taste is soft and smooth. Fine silky tannins. Blackberry, tart cherry, plum, leather and a long mineral finish. The bottle disappears too easily so we stopped ourselves to let it sit for a while. 2 hours after opening, notes are similar but less alcohol on the nose and more fruit on the palate. It maintains a prominent lasting mineral tang on the finish. Some sharp cheddar really brings out the cherry and blackberry fruit. Steak or burgers would love this as well. We have entertained with this wine and received positive feedback. Considering this is on the lower price point of the listed offering, I am excited to receive a case of this line-up and join the Scott Harvey fan club!
This is a no brainer for me. Scott is incredible. He makes Zin in a classic, Eurocentric style with great restraint and balance. The vineyards he draws from require no embellishment. The finish just goes on forever. He gave me a keg of his 2014 Mountain Selection Zin as a wedding gift, which we poured at my reception last August, and it completely stole the show. I’m kinda thinking my wife likes Scott’s wines a little better than mine, so I’m going to surprise her with this 5-pack.
As I’m staring at wine boxes that I need to take home because my office is being redone, I guess the case being sold out is a sign I didn’t need more wine. However, I really wanted more wine…if it was this.
@kimrowell emails are sent 24 hours after initial launch presumably to attract interest for those wines (most of them so far) that do not sell out quickly. Seems like an automatic thing whether or not the wine has already sold out or not. There have only been a handful of sellouts so far but there was one that sold out in less than 24 hours and people were annoyed by getting an email when it had already sold out. New deals occur at midnight Mon/Wed/Fri. Hope this helps.