Aromas of coffee,
anise, clove, wintergreen, and raspberries.


The wine is dry and harmonious, with good acid and fine tannin, often
a challenge for Zinfandel. Wild west fruit in a Bordeaux structure as one major retailer once described it!

Growing Conditions

Living in Napa Valley, we have become fairly accustomed to predictable un-extreme weather. 2008 was a
bit of a wake-up call. Spring frost struck numerous areas diminishing crop levels significantly. Extreme heat in
May followed by cool rainy weather affected bloom and berry set as well. Forest fires in June eerily blackened the
summer skies. Heat returned--100º+--in late August and early September that quickly catapulted us into harvest.

I tend to reserve judgment of a vintage until the wines have settled down a bit—i.e. not calling it “the
vintage of the century” as the first grapes go down the conveyor belt. After 30 years of winemaking experience, I
have come to this realization: the wines that are slower to reveal their character, are the ones with the subtleties
and complexities that I savor. The 2008s have truly grown on me in that regard and offer what I particularly like
to see in my wines—a firm structure that can support the lush fruit that we grow in Napa Valley.

Vineyards: Rancho Chimiles; Fore Family


Bottling Date: March 10, 2010


Fermentation: 21 days average, up to 80º
Maceration: 15 days average


16 months in French & American oak, 33% New American.


Our 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel is medium dark ruby--great color for Zinfandel.