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Napa Valley Reserve Zinfandel

 

This is a highly focused wine that is crafted as a unique blend each vintage. The foundation blend stood out from the beginning during fermentation and was selected from three Oak Knoll District Biale estate vineyard blocks of Zinfandel. The final blend was finished with small touches of Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane and Early Burgundy. Right out of the glass, it explodes with aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry preserves, violets, figs, vanilla wafers, cinnamon, and dried flowers. Balance and refinement are achieved with a burst of Zinfandel essence and vineyard expression. Made for the ages, this wine is expected to cellar for 10 years or more. Only 120 cases produced. 

The winemaking philosophy starts in the vineyard. Bob and Tres concentrate their efforts all season long in the vineyard so that when the fruit arrives at the winery, only minimalistic vinification is needed. We want the wines to speak of the terroir from which they were grown. At harvest, the fruit was hand-picked and hand sorted to ensure that only the best clusters make it into the fermenter. The grapes were then crushed and gravity fed into open top tanks. The must was cold soaked for 2 to 4 days at 50?F. For color and tannin extraction, we did 2 to 3 punch downs per day. Fermentation was complete after 15 days at a maximum temperature of 86?F. At dryness, we lightly pressed to 100% Burgundy oak barrels of which 50% are new. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the barrels. The wine was aged in barrels for 16 months.

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2018 First Grade Zinfandel (Alc 14.8%)