2013 Zinfandel Reserve
September 16, 2013
17 months American & French Oak barrels; 50% New Oak
The 2013 Zinfandel Reserve has a great nose that reminds us of a warm berry pie. There are scents of blueberries and raspberries with vanilla and clove. This wine has aromas of roasted hazelnuts and aromas of roses too. There is a concentration of fresh berries about this wine, and a complexity to its spice. The wine explodes on the palate with big flavors of blueberries and boysenberries. There are nice vanilla graham cracker undertones. There is a smooth silky nature to the wine with a voluptuous body. The finish lingers for quite some time with flavors of clove, raspberry and caramel.
Our Zinfandel Reserve wine comes from the Pocai Vineyard located at the southern end of Calistoga’s boundaries in Napa Valley. The soil here is Bale Gravelly Loam, and is a mixture of medium and small rocks in a loose loamy soil, from a very old alluvial fan that was fed out of Dutch Henry Canyon. The moisture content is very low, and the drainage excellent. The soil profile is fairly balanced and perfect for viticulture. This vineyard is located in one of the warmest regions in the Napa Valley, and produces rich ripe fruit that tends to be very fruit forward and even jammy in nature.
The 2013 season was a perfect growing season, bringing longer hang times and great concentration. To make our Zinfandel Reserve wine, we generally pick the most concentrated and expressive wine produced in a given year. Always the last of our picks of Zinfandel, it’s generally one of the ripest lots. In the winery, we maintain an early aggressive pump over regime that slowly tapers off to a gentle sprinkle as the alcohol builds and the wine develops. This wine is aged in mostly new French Oak for flavor and body development, and new American oak for a spicy complexity and middle palate.
99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah