Primary coming from our warmest vineyard in Calistoga, this vintage is rich and full bodied. Crisp citrus peel and brandied cherry hit the nose, while the mid-palate highlights ripe dark plums and blackberry compote, hints of clove and creamy spiced chocolate. This wine finished with a bourbon barrel finish and is a big full flavored wine.
Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Tasting
Our reserve Zinfandel comes from the Pocai Ranch located at the southern end of Calistoga’s boundries. This land is where a very old alluvial fan fed out of Dutch Henry Canyon. The soil here is Bale Gravelly Loam, and is a mixture of medium and small rocks in a loose loamy soil. 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.
Our reserve Zinfandel is one of the most concentrated and expressive lots of wine that we produce in a given year. Always the last of our picks of Zinfandel, it is generally one of the ripest lots of the year. 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 new French Oak for flavor and body development, and new American oak for a spicy complexity and middle palate.
93% Zinfandel, 4.5% Petite Verdot, 1.5% Lagrein, 1% Petite Sirah