2017
Exclusive Selection

Zinfandel
Description

Fruit for our Napa Valley Zinfandel is a blend of two Zinfandel vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. The grapes were hand-picked and hand sorted before being gently pressed off early to preserve the bright fruit aromatics. The wine was then aged for 10 months in 25% new French oak. Tightly grained barrels yield their oak characteristics in a more deliberate fashion for a consistent, well-rounded aging process.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

On the palate, there is a hint of oak accompanied by notes of raspberries, strawberries, licorice, red currants and spice. 

Palate: 

The finish is slightly sweet with flavors of cranberry and pepper rounding out the wine, making it the perfect pairing for rich cheeses, duck, and roasted lamb.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage marked the end of a 5-year drought. Harvest began early at a normal pace in many regions, and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Grapes ripened gradually in the cooler temperatures arriving in mid- September. In October, wildfires arrived at the end of harvest when 90% of the grapes were already in. The fires challenged the entire community, but Napa community is resilient and continued to move forward with a profound appreciation for everything we have.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • pH: 3.78
  • TA: 5.9
  • Ageing:
    • ​ 10 Months in French oak
    • 25% New oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Duck, Roasted Lamb
Cheese & Nuts:
Rich cheeses
SKU:
RNZN173H
$50