90 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Pairs beautifully with a wide array of dishes, such as sausage pizza, grilled shish-kabobs or roasted rack of lamb.
Vintage: The 2018 vintage was bountiful with cool, consistent temperatures and a timely rainfall for bud break in March and April. Harvest began in early October, and the grapes were of the highest quality.
Vineyard: Their 34-acre vineyard above Calistoga is the warmest of the five vineyards and the sole source of our Zinfandel. Its northeast exposure catches abundant morning sun but is shaded from the hot, late afternoon sun and combined with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils, creates the perfect spot to grow this varietal. They farm all of their vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Harvest date: October 5-11, 2018
Sugar: 25.2% degrees Brix at Harvest
Bottling date: June 1, 2020
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2020
Total acid: 5.4 g/L
Time in oak: 18 months
Type of oak: French oak
Blend: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah
Aromas of raspberry croissant, red currants, cocoa powder and layers of graphite. The palate showcases fine, firm tannins alongside chocolate cherry lollipop, red plums, dried goji berries and toasted brioche. Supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish. Enjoy now and through 2035 with proper cellaring.
Layers of strawberry, baked cherry pie, anise, cherry lollipop, wild game, and spicebox. On the palate, black cherry jam couples with crème de cassis, mixed berry crisp, rhubarb, and a touch of vanilla.