Royal Prince Slam Dunk Red 2020
Deep, dense and plush, the 2020 SLAM DUNK is inky black in color and filled with aromas of dark plum, violet, shaved cocoa and black pepper. The mouthfeel is packed with sweet black cherry, cinnamon, and espresso. Long and persistent on the finish, the wine shows rich, polished tannins and an opulent core of soft vanilla oak.
Blend: 58% Petite Sirah, 42% Zinfandel
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Royal Prince Wines is a boutique wine company based in the Napa Valley, offering wines that consistently transcend the expectations of their price points. They are able to do this thanks to their unique access to a rarefied tier of winegrowing partners. They make wine honestly, source the best wines they can find, and employ a minimalist approach to growing, blending, and bottling.
Royal Prince Wines upholds the highest quality at every point in the process. Their responsibility to produce great wine is their lodestar. They touch every price point, creating wines of precision, power, elegance, and zero pretentiousness. All of this defines their mission: to democratize deliciousness.
California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.
While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.
The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.
This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!