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. A floral bouquet meets red cherry, cranberry, french plums, and a hint of white pepper. Vanilla bean and raspberry jam meet toast leading to a lengthy and impactful finish. The integrated acidity and tannin elevate this wine to a reserve level.
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Braised short ribs with creamy mash potatoes and a red wine reduction.
1% Petite Verdot