A mélange of classic
aromas offer cherry, blackberry, toasty oak, white pepper and truffle, that entice and invite you back—an indication
of complexity in my vocabulary.
Berry and anise flavors are surrounded by soft tannins, but good acidity firms up the
structure to keep the wine lively.
2010 was one of the most intriguing and unusual vintages in my 30-year career in Napa Valley. The coolest summer
in decades was followed by scorching heat in August. As a result, some clusters shriveled and yields were down 10 to
15%. On the positive side, a cool, long growing season allowed great flavor development at lower sugars and wines
that tend toward more elegance.
Vineyards: Neal Brothers Vineyard; Fore Family
Bottling Date: September 7, 2012.
Fermentation: 15 days average up to 80º
18 months in French & American, 30% New.
Our 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is medium dark ruby, a surprisingly youthful impression.