Our 2014 Napa Zinfandel offers a charming, bright and lively nose with blackberry, vanilla, dried herbs, vanilla, and subtle sweet oak in the background.
The mouth begins with similar flavors but moves toward a black cherry profile that finishes with white pepper and anise notes. Medium bodied and structured, a Zinfandel that unexpectedly surprises!
We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2014. Sunshine and a warm dry spring gave way to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. An uneventful growing season without extremes for me typically indicates a potentially excellent quality. Indeed, that was the case. Harvest began early, August 29, and finished early, October 2, avoiding the potentially cool and rainy autumn conditions. Vineyards: Fore Family Vineyard; Neal Brothers Vineyard.
Bottling Date: March 3, 2016.
Fermentation: 10 days, peak temperature 84º Maceration: 15 days total before pressing
17 months in 50% French Oak, 50% American Appalachian, 25% new.
Medium ruby in color.