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Calistoga, Napa Valley Zinfandel


This historic little vineyard of head-trained vines at the edge of town in Calistoga was planted by immigrant Argentina Falleri in 1924. The vineyard was maintained by Argentina’s daughter Olivia and today is cared for by Argentina’s granddaughter, Sonya Spencer. Although the vineyard is small, it produces a stand out wine that is not to be missed. This 2018 vintage has aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, yellow plum, sage and root beer. Medium bodied with light, delicate tannins that build and lead to a long mouthwatering finish. This is a wine which will pair well with many fares. Only 95 cases were produced for our Black Chicken Society members. 



Harvest Dates: September 19, 2018

Alcohol: 14.4%

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: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-7 years.

92 Points Awarded By Wine Enthusiast

2018 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel (14.4% Alc)