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Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel

 

This is where the family of a seafarer by the name of Pleasant Ashley Stevens planted vines in 1905. Most of those vines still exist today thanks to the dedicated farming and wisdom of Bill Moore, a retired orthodontist, who purchased the property as his first home in the 1980s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough–the region’s only Zinfandel. This 2018 vintage has a rich and creamy entry with dense aromas of dark plum, cotton candy, cured meats and black and blue fruits. This wine is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit, fresh acidity and dusty tannins.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 21, 2018

Alcohol: 14.8%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability: This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5-7 years.

95 Points Awarded By Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection

2018 RW Moore Vineyard Zinfandel (14.8% Alc)