Ballentine BG Reserve Zinfandel 2000 Front Label
Ballentine BG Reserve Zinfandel 2000 Front Label

Ballentine BG Reserve Zinfandel 2000

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"This wine shows all the class and elegance of a fine Napa Cab, except its indisputably Zin, with its brambly fruit flavors and spicy, peppery edge. The oak is rich and charred, the tannins sweet and ripe, the texture as smooth as velvet. Pretty much the best that Napa can do with Zinfandel."
-Wine Enthusiast

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.

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Ballentine Winery

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Ballentine Winery, California
Ballentine Vineyards owns 110 acres of vines spread among the Crystal Springs Vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain; Pocai Ranch between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail and the Home Vineyard at the winery. After selling their grapes for many years to wineries; Cabernet Sauvignon to Caymus, Cabernet Franc to Rombauer, Zinfandel to Rosenblum, Ravenswood and Mondavi, Betty and Van decided to revive the Ballentine brand that Van and his dad worked at for many years at Deer Park. They started by having their grapes custom crushed for a small production in 1992. In 1995, they built a winery, behind their 100-year-old farmhouse. They revived the original bonded winery number 3595 issued to his father, John Ballentine in 1933 after prohibition ended. Ballentine Vineyards produces only red wines, which are perfectly suited to the Northern Napa Valley climate and vineyards. Our production is less than 10,000 cases of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Bordeaux styled blend and with a future release of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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