2014 Calistoga Zinfandel
Nose: In the glass, the nose is dominated by cocoa, tobacco, and dried cherry. The woodsy, briary character of old vine Zinfandel is quite prominent but with time unmasks beautiful notes of lavender, cassis, and fresh mint.
Palate: Fresh cranberry, a hallmark of the Primitivo in the blend, mingles with roasted walnut notes and subtle hints of cinnamon and clove. The supple tannins are present throughout and amble between earthiness and minerality.
Finish: The transition to the finish is decidedly old world in style, with dark chocolate, cigar box, and a garrigue character that’s rare for American wine. Chefs take note.
2014 was ideal for the style of Zinfandel we like to make. With our combination of Primitivo and old vine Zinfandel plantings, it’s not unheard of to see wild deviations in ripening across a single block. However, the mild spring and subsequent temperate summer led to almost perfect uniformity and allowed us to pick large swathes of the property in quick succession. Flavors remained ripe and rich throughout harvest with the fruit requiring minimal hand-sorting on the crush pad.