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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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."
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...Read More About Storybook Mountain
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...Read More About Napa Valley
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...Read More About Zinfandel
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