Storybook Mountain- One of the classic producers of Napa Zinfandel, though the more I learn about Zin the more I am tempted to simply say mountain Zinfandel. Old school for the most part and still making Zins to age, these are gorgeous wines that fall a little outside of what has become the Zinfandel paradigm but will never fall out of fashion. Muscular, a bit tannic and yet lean and focused in the mouth they certainly stand out from the crowd. There is also a fabulous Viognier being produced here, one of the best I’ve had from California. A knock out as they say!
 
 
Bright Zin berry fruit on the nose is layered over nicely integrated wood tone. Muscular and still aromatically tight this slowly reveals gorgeous herb spiced framing notes on the nose offering added complexity. A little compressed in the mouth though with a lovely core of rich earthy balsamic black cherry, black raspberry fruit. There’s also lots of peppery spice in the mouth with a fairly tannic profile this is youthful and chewy, and with plenty of acid as well ensuring a long life and plenty of evolution in the bottle. Not your typical modern Zin, this is more structured and has more cut than almost any other. 91pts
 
 
A barrel selection with 10% viognier 
 
Lots of apricot and flowers greet the nose followed by peppery and spicy, red plummy fruit. Rather light bodied in the mouth, this offers lovely transparency, a while a little simple it is remarkably pure with such fine herbal spice inner mouth perfumes on the backend accenting the fresh red plum and berry flavors. This is so well put together with fine supporting acids and polished tannins, creating a taut, elegant framework with which the fruit can express itself. A unique expression of Zinfandel. 92pts