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2016 BACA Tug O' War Russian River Zinfandel

Zinfandel - Russian River
750mL

$50.00
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92 Points

International Wine Report, Owen Bargreen
"The Maffei Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, first planted in the 1940s. The site is slightly cooler. The wine shows a darker fruit profile with milk chocolate and stewed blackberry, with milk chocolate and a plush mouthfeel."


Tug O' War was born in California’s historic vineyards planted many decades ago by a community of Italian immigrants. Here, gorgeous old vines struggle in limited, loamy soils. The resulting wines exhibit profound depth, nuance, and serious aging potential. Here, warm days create rich wine with pure, explosive, ripe berry flavors, which are tempered by the cool, foggy marine nights that give this Zinfandel a nerve of acidity.
Limit 3 bottles

92 Points

International Wine Report, Owen Bargreen
"The Maffei Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, first planted in the 1940s. The site is slightly cooler. The wine shows a darker fruit profile with milk chocolate and stewed blackberry, with milk chocolate and a plush mouthfeel."


Tug O' War was born in California’s historic vineyards planted many decades ago by a community of Italian immigrants. Here, gorgeous old vines struggle in limited, loamy soils. The resulting wines exhibit profound depth, nuance, and serious aging potential. Here, warm days create rich wine with pure, explosive, ripe berry flavors, which are tempered by the cool, foggy marine nights that give this Zinfandel a nerve of acidity.
Limit 3 bottles

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Tasting Notes

This is a serious wine that seriously ups the ante. Its nose is classic Russian River: fresh, dark fruits like strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. But despite its ripe, fruity nose, its palate is decidedly, surprisingly vibrant – dense, concentrated, structured, layered, with a glorious acidity. Tug O War is long lived so it will age well. Pair it with a strong dish—this wine can hold its own.

Wine Facts

TUCKED INTO AN AREA filled with historic California vineyards, stoic old vines planted in 1929 and 1949 struggle in marginal, loamy soils resulting in wines with profound depth, nuance, and serious aging potential. Moderate daytime temperatures create rich wine characterized by pure, explosive, ripe berry flavors tempered by cool marine foggy nights that impart a nerve of acidity. Farmed by the granddaughter of the founding Italian family, Joanne Maffei is very hands-on in the vineyard. Her cheerful approach to caring for the land makes everyone feel like part of family.

Bottle Size 750mL
Appellation Russian River
Barrel Aging Aged 10 months in 30% New French Oak
Vineyard Maffei
Varietal Composition 100% Zinfandel
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