2014 Zinfandel, Napa Valley Magnum

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The Wine

Our rich and full-bodied Zinfandel is graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe cherries. A subtle waft of roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds entwines with soft raspberries in a luxuriously long and persistent finish. This food-friendly wine pairs beautifully with a wide array of dishes, such as sausage pizza, grilled shish-kabobs or roasted rack of lamb.

Vintage

For the third year in a row, Napa Valley experienced an exceptional vintage, aided by near drought conditions. Our yield was smaller than 2013, due to drought and a warmer growing season. July’s relatively low temperatures, coupled with high relative humidity, slowed down sugar accumulation to achieve perfect ripeness with lower alcohol. Harvest started and ended about two weeks earlier than normal, producing superb quality.

Vineyard

Our 34-acre vineyard above Calistoga is the warmest of our vineyards and the sole source of our Zinfandel. Its northeast exposure catches abundant morning sun but is shaded from the hot, late afternoon sun and combined with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils, creates the perfect spot to grow this varietal. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol
14.8%
Fermentation
indigenous yeast
Harvest date
Sept 16 – Oct 4, 2014
Sugar
24.8% degrees
Bottling date
March 2016
Release Date
December 2017
Total acid
5.7 g/L
pH
3.74
Time in oak
16 months
Type of oak
French oak
Blend
97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

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