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St. Helena Appellation, Napa Valley Zinfandel
94 points awarded by Wine Enthusiast

 

Instead of tearing out the original Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines that were planted in the 1890s, Bill and Margie decided to go with the recommendation of vineyard guru Bill Pease who saw potential in the craggy, twisted plants. Bob Biale was brought in to assist and a project ensued to revitalize this rare swath of winemaking history. This is an elegant wine with a silky entry. Hints of black cherries, pear, black tea, and sage. The 2018 Old Kraft Zinfandel has gentle tannins and toasty barrel spices that build into a lengthy finish. Only 365 cases produced.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: August 20, 2018 & September 18, 2020

Alcohol: 14.6%

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: Drinks beautifully now and shows 7-10 years ageing potential

2018 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel (14.6% Alc)