Alexander Valley is one of the many picturesque sub-regions of Sonoma County, flanked on each side by mountains, with vineyards laid out as far as the eye can see on the valley floor. This region is further north, but also further inland than the Russian River Valley, which results in less marine influence, and therefore warmer weather. Not as hot as Napa. The result is a climate that is perfect for Zinfandel in a riper style than the Russian River, but less ripe than Napa. One of the very first wines we ran on WineHeist was from Starry Night Winery, so it is always a pleasure to feature their wines, especially a wine like the 2012 Alexander Valley Zinfandel.
Comprised of fruit from the esteemed Nervo Station Vineyard, with over 80% of the fruit for this wine from the Old Vine Block. This vineyard, located on a hillside in the western part of Alexander Valley, has two blocks of Zinfandel planted in 1896 and one block planted in 1934. As is typical of older Zinfandel Vineyards, there are numerous other varietals inter-planted in the vineyard including Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro among others. Farmed by the Nervo family for three generations, these head pruned vines produce a very limited crop that produces fruit that is concentrated and complex; leading to wines that have equally extracted flavors and aromas.
The 2012 Starry Night Alexander Valley Zinfandel is deep ruby in color, with a classic Zinfandel nose of red berries and jam, along with notes of cigar box and baking spice. The palate is dense and rich with a LUSCIOUS finish and flavors of dark stone fruit, including ripe plum, dark cherry, cassis, hints of anise, exotic spice, and notes of white pepper. This is impeccably balanced Zinfandel. Its full-bodied style makes it perfect to enjoy all year-round.
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Cooperage: Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for over two years, including over 50% new French and new American oak barrels.
Production: 680 cases
This 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.