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.
This wine blends lots from two select vineyards in Calistoga — our own Bennett Lane Vineyard and Ballentine Block 9.
A wet winter with moderate rainfall, a mild spring and a warm summer created the ideal growing season. Very warm weather at the beginning of harvest accelerated the need to pick early on in the season. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
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.
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.