2010 Napa Cellars Zinfandel

Year: 2010
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
Price :
$13.95
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GOOD VALUE...."With its sights set on beautifully rendered ripe-berry fruit that is enriched by wonderfully sympathetic sweet oak at every stop, this immensely satisfying Zinfandel garners high marks for its focus persistence, and balance, all of which makes it into one of the best current values to be had. It is so well-crafted and polished that it invites early drinking and there would seem to be few reasons for waiting, but further beauty awaits those who can exercise even two or three years of patience. And we suspect, that it will still be rewarding for several years beyond that. Reviewed: January 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes:
VINEYARD:
The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the warmer regions of Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Yountville, and Calistoga. Zinfandel is not nearly as ubiquitous as Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley and makes up just 2% of total Napa Valley acreage.

WINEMAKING:
After a three day cold soak designed to extract color from the skins, the grapes for the 2010 Zinfandel were pressed early to avoid extracting harsh tannins. After a five to seven day maceration, the lots were aged in French and American oak, 30% new, for 12 months. The restrained use of new oak helped preserve the big Zinfandel flavors while still imparting warm, spicy characteristics.

WINEMAKER NOTES:
“The 2010 Napa Cellars Zinfandel hosts bright aromas of red currant, raspberry and complex notes of black tea and baking spices. The aromas lead to a rich mouthfeel with flavors of rhubarb pie, fresh cherries and juicy red fruit character. Notes of milk toffee and medjool dates are concentrated in the mid-palate. The wine is well balanced with firm acidity and pointed tannins on the finish. This Zinfandel has pleasing, lingering notes of cream soda and bakers’ chocolate on the extended finish.” — Joe Shirley