BIG – Yes, this is a big wine, you know, big as in like “The Caboose”
Starry Night Winery began with a group of friends making wine in a basement for their own enjoyment, but has slowly grown into a medium sized winery focused on producing small lots of wine from vineyards all over the North Coast. This model allows them to seek out truly distinctive vineyards resulting in unique wines that show the diversity of Northern California’s wine regions. We are delighted to offer another Zinfandel from Starry Night. For those that purchased the 2006 Russian River Zinfandel last year, this one that shows how different Zinfandel can be depending on the climate in which it grows. Today’s wine is from the warmer 2007 vintage, and from Alexander Valley, which is warmer in general than the Russian River Valley. Both of these factors contribute to a wine that is richer and fuller, with exuberant fruit flavors.
The 2007 Starry Night “Caboose” Zinfandel, named for the actual caboose that sits in this hillside vineyard in the Alexander Valley appellation shows all the characteristics of a ripe, heady California Zin. Medium garnet in color, aromas of cherry, cassis, vanilla, blueberry and toffee leap from the glass. The palate is loaded with black pepper, cherry, blackberry, tobacco and cedar. This is an interesting wine because it is both ripe and lush, yet also rustic, with prominent tannins and a certain Old World charm about it. Just enough acidity serves to keep the relatively high alcohol in balance, resulting in a warm but pleasing finish. This wine would pair beautifully with difficult to pair dishes that are somewhere in between rich and light, like grilled chicken with barbecue sauce, or turkey smoked in a slow cooker. A perfect wine to have around during the summer when outdoor cooking makes wine pairing a challenge!
Composition: 100% Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Cooperage: Combination of American and French oak barrels
Harvest Date: September 3, 2007
Sugar at Harvest: 27.7º brix
TA: .504 g/100ml
Production: 210 cases
This year Starry Night Winery celebrates its tenth anniversary as a bonded winery. The story of how they came into existence starts many years earlier when Wayne Hansen, Bruce Walker, Mike Miller and Skip Granger started making wine. Their motivation for this came from a shared life long passion for wine and an increasing disdain for the over priced and often mass-produced wines found in the market. To learn more visit Starry Night Winery at www.starrynightwinery.com.