2006 Zinfandel, Napa Valley
St. Helena, Napa Valley
- 24 days on the skins
- Triple sorted
10 months in 50% French oak barrels
15.5% by volume
Zinfandel is typically a wine that is meant to be consumed within the first 5-7 years of bottling.
The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed into October allowing for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony.
This wine is from an old head-trained, spur-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard just south of St. Helena. Characteristic of this vineyard, the wine is exuberantly fruity, with berry notes, carried on a tart, juicy structure.