The wine offers an inviting nose of spice, roasted coffee, sweet oak, blackberry, and a
hint of cedar.
Dark berry flavors introduce an amazingly lush, fresh, bright palate with virtually no edges.
Seamless comes to mind.
You will be hearing often. 2007 is a wonderful vintage. As opposed to 2006, the 2007 growing season
got off to an early start, and good ripening conditions throughout the summer resulted in a harvest that started
on the earlier side. It was an outstanding year for Zinfandel, and the wines offer lush, ripe, flavors with very
Terry Wilson and his Rancho Chimiles vineyard are well known for high quality Cabernet Sauvignon that I
have worked with since 1996. His Zin vineyard, planted for me in 1997, produced the first crop in 2000, and
consistently has resulted in plummy, lush and overtly fruity wines with a modicum of spice. Further north in Chiles
Valley, Dalraddy provides a slightly leaner yet spicier version that teams well with Rancho. Add a bit of Grenache
and Syrah from Jim Fore’s Red Hills Lake County, and you have arguably the best Napa Zin I have put in the
There are perhaps a handful of great vineyards that can consistently deliver the complete and impeccably
balanced wine. Often, however, a winemaker’s ability to blend components with different aromatic, flavor, and
structural profiles can often result in a wine that is more layered, more interesting, and more memorable. A
somewhat incomplete wine on its own is magically transformed, as it becomes part of a blend.
Vineyards: Rancho Chimiles; Dalraddy Vineyard; Fore Family
Fermentation: 18 days average, up to 80º
Maceration: 15 days average
16 months in French & American oak, 35% New American.
Dark ruby in color.