2014 Maffei Zinfandel
In the case of the Maffei Vineyard, Jim and Ned Neumiller, Seghesio’s father and son growers, have been working with the Maffei family for a few years to secure fruit for a single vineyard wine from head-trained heritage selection blocks planted in 1928 and 1942. They work hand-in-hand with the original owners’ granddaughter Joanne Maffei. Just like the Seghesio’s, she is a passionate steward of her family’s land—so much so that Ned considers Maffei to be among the most meticulously farmed vineyards he’s ever seen. “I swear Joanne has a name for every vine,” concurs Jim.
Sandwiched between great Pinot Noir vineyards in the west Santa Rosa plains in Russian River Valley, the fruit is sourced from two blocks planted in 1928 and 1942. Meticulously farmed by Joanne Maffei, the marginal soils stress the vines forcing them to struggle to produce and maintain a crop. This vineyard is picked later than average and brings unique flavor components different than Zinfandel from anywhere else in the county.