This special cuvee is presented to show just how elegant, fragrant and balanced Napa hillside Zinfandels can be. It is a step beyond vineyard designation, and represents style as much as place. Most of the grapes come from the heart of our east facing vineyards; it is the balance and finesse of east facing vineyards that give the wine its name. The selection criteria emphasize aroma, middle-palate and finish – berries with hints of flowers, minerals and spice in the aroma; multi-layered and rich flavor on the broad and supple middle palate; and an intense, clean and lingering impression on the finish. A touch of Viognier is added to enhance the intriguingly exotic and sensual quality of this very special wine.
"This is what Napa Valley growers should consider the ideal. It's classic, beautiful, wildly fruited zin, farmed to catch the cooler, morning sun and to keep hold of its zest and elegance...Delicious now, and likely to be more delicious 20 years from now, as Jerry Seps' wines age with grace. "
Wine & Spirits
"There is a sense of seriousness that is palpable right from the start here as the wine smells deeply of ripe, keenly defined berries, rich oak, sweet soil and spice, and both its wonderfully concentrated, multi-layered flavors and its very careful construction confirm that this is a special Zinfandel in every way. It eschews runaway ripeness in favor of absolutely classic varietal fruit, and it promises to grow in refinement and polish for five years and more."