2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel

Introduced to California during the Gold Rush, Zinfandel is considered by many to be America’s heritage grape. This wine represents a selection of the finest Zinfandel lots from our Napa Valley vineyards.

Vineyards

This wine blends lots from two select vineyards in Calistoga — our own Bennett Lane Vineyard and Ballentine Block 9.

Winegrowing

The 2014 vintage was another ideal growing season with warm, dry conditions that resulted in ecxellent fruit quality.Sustainable farming practices were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.

Winemaking

The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep purple-black, with a magenta hue, and aromas of deep, dark fruits, blackberry, boysenberry and sweet vanilla. On the palate, the wine is rich and lush, with flavors of bright cherry and freshly baked pie, with just a hint of rose. Concentrated vanilla and cherry build on the finish.

Recipe Pairings

Our favorite Joy of Cooking recipes for this wine include: