Ballentine BG Reserve Zinfandel 2000
Bg Zinfandel Reserve is a single block vineyard zinfandel that captures a racy personality, outstanding ripeness and superb purity. As a reserve wine, it was designed from a superior single block, "Block 9", which our family has farmed since 1906. The soil transformed the 35 year old vines into a wine that is the essence of Northern Napa Valley Zinfandel greatness.
The inspiration for this label was a soil survey map from 1933 depicting the various soil types throughout the Napa Valley. Conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the University of California, each soil type was mapped and given a two letter legend. Our vineyards are planted in a soil referred to as Bale gravelly-loam hence the acronym Bg - the name we chose to designate these limited production reserve wines. Named after the pioneering Bale family, this soil type is characterized by low fertility, and its loose well drained structure. This soil limits the vines yield, producing fruit with excellent concentration and structure. It is considered one of the finest in the Napa Valley for growing high quality wine grapes. Moreover, it has rather limited distribution, occuring primarily on the alluvial fans at the base of ridges that delineate our valley.