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2018 Reserve Zinfandel

Pocai Vineyard

Primarily coming from our warmest vineyard in Calistoga, this vintage is rich and full-bodied. A new release of our Reserve Zinfandel brings elegance to this grape with complexity and balance. Big zinfandel with bright red fruit and a plush mid-palate makes the perfect segway to a lengthy finish. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, and anise compliment vanilla and fresh cracked pepper. Dark cocoa nib and lavender with hints of expresso are expressed as the bottle opens up.

93 points, Wine Advocate
Sold Out, 2019 Release in September
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Sold Out, 2019 Release in September
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 25th
5.96 g/L
18 months in American & French oak barrels; 80% New Oak
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Advocate
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
93 points, Wine Advocate Double Gold, American Fine Wine Competition Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Blended of 98% Zinfandel, 1% Malbec and 1% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Reserve is deep garnet-purple in color. It explodes with notes of baked plums, blueberry compote, kirsch and spice cake plus hints of Chinese ve spice, fruitcake and sandalwood. The full-bodied palate is decadently fruited with loads of spicy red and black fruit preserves layers and a chewy texture, nishing long and lively." ~ Lisa Perotti-Brown
Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Shallot, potato, & goat cheese tart with Rosemary and Thyme, Buffalo, duck, pepper salami
Other Notes
98% Zinfandel, 1% Malbec, 1% Petite Sirah
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