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St. Helena, Napa Valley Zinfandel

 

At the northern edge of their 40 acres in St. Helena bordering York Creek is a patch of classic head-trained Zinfandel vines that, heading south, connects to a younger block of trellised vines. This wine has rich aromatics of dark plum, black cherry, papaya, tea leaf and root beer. It has a plush and creamy mouthfeel that blankets the entire palate with viscosity and weight. This is a Zinfandel that is drinking beautifully right out of the gate. this 2018 vintage wine has rich aromatics of dark plum, black cherry, papaya, tea leaf and root beer. It has a plush and creamy mouthfeel that blankets the entire palate with viscosity and weight. This is a Zinfandel that is drinking beautifully right out of the gate. Only 420 cases were produced.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 17 & 19, 2018

Alcohol: 14.8%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hang time 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. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity. 

Ageability: A tremendous Zinfandel that will live a long life and drink beautifully in the shorter term, too.


2018 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel (14.8% Alc)