Tasting Note: This vintage has a gorgeous, concentrated assemblage of sweet honeysuckle, crushed blue herbs, aromas of violets, anise, and a touch of vanillin. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super ripe black fruits and currants, pepper spice, and an enveloping masculinity tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra long finish that is quite pleasing to the senses.
Food Matching: The wine pairs particularly well with Lamb.
Grape Variety: 63% Zinfandel, 16% Charbono, 12% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah
Vinification: The small, individual lots of fruit were destemmed into a combination of stainless steel tanks and open top fermenters, where whole-berry fermentation took place for an average of 20 days. The wine was barrel aged for 14 months in 50% new American Oak and the balance in once used tight grain French Oak. No conventional pumps were used in the making of this wine. Only diaphragm air pumps, forced air pressure movement, or bulldogging, and transfers by gravity were employed to preserve the pure fruit integrity in the wine.
Harvest: Was early due to a steady growing season, taking place between September 20th and October 1st, with an average Brix of 27.8 degrees. Grapes were farmed and harvested from four single vineyards in Napa Valley. The Zinfandel was picked from two, old-vine (60 to 100+ years old), dry-farmed vineyard sources, located in the heart of Calistoga. The Charbono is from old, dry-farmed vines (60 to 100+ years old). A small vineyard named “Trio C” in Yountville and a little over 10 acres are dedicated to Petite Sirah. And legendary farms some of Napa’s finest Syrah on his Stagecoach Vineyard, high in the mountains of the Atlas Peak AVA to complete the blend.