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.
"Rife with bright blackberry and strawberry scents that favor the fruit preserve end of the varietal spectrum, this one is both ripe and solidly balanced at the same time. It is supple at entry, then firms up nicely and reflects both the Storybook love of brisk finishes while also showing itself as both fully expressive and, at the same time, entirely capable of rewarding those who would put it away for three to six years. As with many 2007s, it carries a bit of latter palate raggedness, and while fine with food now, it will be better over time."
"Normally, the softest wine of the group and the portfolio (a title it retains in 2007) is the 2007 Zinfandel Eastern Exposures. This is a smaller cuvee of just over 500 cases. Elegant berry fruit intermixed with briary notes, loamy soil undertones, pepper and spice are followed by a round, soft, easygoing wine that should drink nicely for the next 4-5 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Tannins come first, firm and austere. Then juicy blueberry flavors build around the tannin with pleasing sweetness and spice. With a day of air, this particular bottle showed more alcohol, implying the wine may be best to decant now, to enjoy with steak."
Wine & Spirits