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Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2007

  • CG96
  • W&S92
  • RP91
750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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CG 96
Connoisseurs' Guide
This bright and buoyant young wine is rife with a wealth of precise, optimally ripened blackberry fruit, and, while rich and nicely extracted, it never once drifts towards the chocolaty excesses that plague so many big Zins. Supple and fleshy with a bit of baby fat at the moment, it exhibits exemplary balance and structure with well-placed acids, and a light touch of tannin adds welcome firmness to the finish. Its stays fixed on deep, nascent berryish fruit all the way to the end, and it comes with reasons aplenty to expect that even more to like will come if it is allowed to develop for a few years.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
This starts out stemmy and jammy-combining something green with superripe flavors of raspberries and currants. With air, a more relaxed claret emerges as the initial intensity and alcohol begin to subside. This is blacker and warmer than Storybook's best vintages of their Estate Reserve.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top wine, but still somewhat closed and needing another 6-12 months of bottle age, is the 2007 Zinfandel Estate Reserve. This is Seps' 250-case selection of his best stuff. The wine shows more structure, density, and richness, but is not yet exhibiting the charm and seductive power of his Eastern Exposures or Mayacamas Ranch. Deep ruby/plum-colored, with loads of crushed rock and pepper, as well as sweet red fruits such as cherry, boysenberry and black raspberry, it is deep, clean, pure, but slightly tannic and needing some bottle age. It should be an atypical Zinfandel in that it will evolve for 7-10 years.
91+ points.
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Storybook Mountain Vineyards, California
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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 potential. Storybook Mountain's sought-after estate wines are carefully hand-crafted from choice grapes grown without the use of insecticides or herbicides. They are aged at least 12 months in the best French and American oak barrels, inside century-old caves dug deep into the mineral-rich volcanic rock underlying the hand-tended vineyard. Proprietor Jerry Seps' Zinfandels are famed for elegance and longevity. Raspberries, black cherries and spice are the keynote of these complex, well balanced wines.
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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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