Selected from the best barrels of the vintage, this wine takes complexity and depth to another dimension. Layers of flavors and aromas, enhanced by focus and length, destine our Estate Reserves to age gracefully over many years.
"The smell of this wine becomes irresistible as it takes on air, the flavors increasingly more expansive in the mouth. All the aromas pile up in a heady rush of roses, wildflowers, crushed rock and crushed black pepper. The dark, glass-coating pomegranate color shows off its power, the vibrant edge mirrors the glint of the wine's mineral tannins. Wolfgang Weber compared its fruit character to the little plums, no bigger than cherries, which grow in St. Helena and Calistoga. Top vintages of Jerry Seps's zinfandels can age for 20 years or more, and this one has the inner strength to go the distance."
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"In more vintages than not, this bottling has turned out to be our favorite from Storybook Mountain. And here again, it is a ripe, generous, yet impeccably balanced wine whose keen blackberry fruit in nose and mouth comes with a mix of intensity and youthful restraint that promises more and better as the wine ages. Fullness plays off against firming acids, and tannin crops up in the late going, and so much about this lovely wine calls for a bit of patience that we would caution against early drinking lest you miss the best it will have to offer."