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Awards Accolades: 94 Points Best Buy - Wine Spirits Magazine - "Zinfandel brings out the delicate side of cabernet...Read more...
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Awards Accolades: <strong>94 Points Best Buy</strong> - <em>Wine Spirits Magazine</em> - "Zinfandel brings out the delicate side of cabernet in this blend from the Seps's estate in the hills above Calistoga. Jerry Seps farms organically and ferments the wine without inoculated yeast, allowing the purity of the fruit character and the layers of earthy complexity to show though. The wine hits an astonishing balance in this vintage, rich without weight. And while I have notes on the multihued berry flavors, the floral scents of violets and Earl Grey tea, it's the texture that sets this wine apart, the love child of cabernet's growling tannins and zin's gentler caress. <em><strong>Not to be missed</strong></em>."<br/><br/> About This Wine: A blend of Zinfandel with Bordeaux varieties, drawing from our land the best qualities of each area of our estate, to yield an intense wine of great complexity.<br/><br/> Antaeus, the son of Water and Earth in Greek mythology, is the symbol of strength derived from the soil. So too this wine, deriving strength from the matching of site and grape on every part of our land. The aromatics are primarily Napa Cabernet, with all the richness that connotes; the body has Zinfandel’s sensual fruit and fullness, but the finish comes through with the structured, sinewy aspect of the Bordeaux varieties. The 2006 Antaeus is composed of 57% Zinfandel, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot. The intensity derived from red clay soils is here in full, while the coolness of our site provides the acid balance so essential to a wine’s grace and longevity. Fermentations are non-inoculated, MLs are completed with proprietary bacteria and the aging is done primarily in French oak. All the best claimed for terroir or a sense of place is found in Antaeus.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyards:</strong> Occupying a mountainside at the head of the Napa Valley, Storybook Mountain has been dedicated to Zinfandel for 30 years. It is a grape unusually well adapted to the red clay loam soils, eastern exposures and microclimate of our hillside estate. Yet there are hills and hollows on our land (the cooler exposure of a north facing hill for Cabernet, moister soils rich in clay for Merlot, etc.) that are every bit as appropriate for the Bordeaux varieties. Seeking the ideal match of grape and site has always been the Holy Grail at Storybook Mountain. The vines are hand tended, from pruning through picking. The crop is severely regulated, with two green harvests in May and August, to maintain just the right amount of grapes on each vine, averaging 2 to 2.5 tons per acre. No insecticides or herbicides have been used in all these years, and we have become totally organic growers. Once picked, within 40 minutes the grapes are in the fermenter, where they receive the gentlest of processing to softly meld their mountainside tannins with the deep flavors of the varietal and the character of the estate<br/><br/> About The Winery: Storybook Mountain has established a world-wide reputation for the consistently high quality of its wines. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, an ideal match of terroir and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true potential.<br/><br/> Storybook Mountain's sought-after estate wines are carefully hand-crafted from choice grapes grown in certified organic estate vineyards surrounding the winery. They are aged at least 12 months in the best French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, inside century-old caves dug deep into the mineral-rich volcanic rock underlying the hand-tended vineyard.<br/><br/> Proprietors Jerry and Sigrid Seps’ wines are famed for intensity and longevity. Raspberries, black cherries and spice are the essence of their complex, well balanced and elegant wines.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.6%<br/><br/>
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