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.
"Jerry and Sigrid Seps select the barrels for this reserve, the top lot from their hillside estate overlooking Mount St. Helena and the Palisades in northern Napa Valley. The vineyard forms an ampitheatre facing northeast, with enough cool morning sun to ripen the grapes with the kind of pure, fresh fruit flavors that Bordeaux's first growths attain in the finest vintages. But rather than the black currant depths of cabernet, here it's zin's basket of raspberries, cool and delicious. This is perfectly formed, youthfully floral, with sweetness in the fruit tannin that captures the late autumn sun. After tasting this wine, I decided to organize a zin tour of Napa Valley with David Darlington. We tasted the 2001 and 1981 Reserves at Storybook, which led me to believe that my score on the 2006 is conservative."
Wine & Spirits
"This perennial high-performer returns in 2006 with another stellar outing in which its tight first aromas are terrifically well-focused on bright, pert, concentrated blackberry fruit with a claret-like sense of potential in their midst. As expected from the nose, the wine is firm, balanced and deep with solid, if youthfully reluctant yet impeccably crafted flavors. Bottle aging will be this wine's greatest ally, and we would counsel that it be put in the cellar for some three to four years at a minimum--with the full expectation that this Zin has a decade of forward momentum in its kit bag."