Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2005

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 104731
  • red wine
  • W&S95
  • ST90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • RP89
  • 1997
  • WS86
  • 1996
  • WS88
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Critical Acclaim

"Remember zinfandel? When there was such a thing as a claret style. When the wine smelled of cool coastal forests and wild blackberries. When the skin of the grapes gave zin all the spiciness anyone could want. It may be a fictional past, a golden age before these days of zin monster cults and sweet raisined reds. It may be, in fact, that Storybook and its pure, arrestingly aromatic zin is a window to the future. When Napa Valley's best hillsides will be planted to mixed blacks. And when the best will carry the intoxicating fragrance of this wine, the scent of desert succulent plants, of peppercorns and huckleberries. Open a bottle with braised pork shoulder and take a step out of time."
95 Points

"Deep red-ruby. Briary, spicy aromas of cherry, licorice and gingerbread, with a violet quality emerging with air. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with an almost pinot-like tang to its elegant berry flavors. Finishes supple and spicy, with a piquant suggestion of cherry skin and fine tannins."
90 Points

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Storybook Mountain is a winery totally dedicated to Zinfandel and has established a worldwide reputation for consistently high quality. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, the perfect match of estate and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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