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2012 Zinfandel, Napa Valley
The Wine: We co-fermented the Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah to add complexity and structure and then aged the wine in large oak casks so the flavors are well integrated but not overwhelmed by oak. This food-friendly Zinfandel’s fresh flavors of ripe blackberries, black cherries and a hint of pepper on the long finish is the perfect match for grilled meats with barbecue sauce, sausage pizza and hearty pastas.
Vintage: We enjoyed a wonderful vintage from start to nish in 2012. A gentle spring allowed for textbook owering and fruit set, followed by a long procession of warm, sunny days with no nasty heat spikes. Thanks to the excellent weather, the longer-than-average growing season produced wonderfully balanced and ripe grapes.
Vineyard: Our 34-acre vineyard above Calistoga is the warmest of our ve 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 arti cial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certi ed organic.