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High Valley Vineyards Zinfandel 2006

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I dont know of a Zinfandel vineyard in Napa Valley higher than this one. These low yielding, hillside vines owned by Chiles Valley grower Jay Heminway are at an elevation of more than 1800 feet. The rocky, shallow soil ensures that the fruit is packed full of generous, spicy flavors. In 2006, yields were barely two tons per acre, and the wine already exhibits an attractive forwardness. A customer of ours called last years version of this wine his favorite Zinfandel of the year. This one is certainly as good.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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High Valley Vineyard:
Most of the travelers who drive through Clearlake Oaks on State Highway 20 have no idea that a road named Round Mountain Road actually takes you to a place called High Valley. The road is named after Round Mountain Volcano, and this volcano is the reason High Valley exists today. Many years ago Round Mountain Volcano erupted, damming all drainage from the valley. Over the centuries the vall... Read more
Most of the travelers who drive through Clearlake Oaks on State Highway 20 have no idea that a road named Round Mountain Road actually takes you to a place called High Valley. The road is named after Round Mountain Volcano, and this volcano is the reason High Valley exists today. Many years ago Round Mountain Volcano erupted, damming all drainage from the valley. Over the centuries the valley filled with water and the resulting lake was eventually displaced by natural erosion. Our vineyard rests on the dam that was laid by Round Mountain. This is some of the most rugged terrain in the valley, giant lava outcrops that are miles in length and High Valley Vineyard grows their grapes on these volcanic soils. High Valley differs from the rest of Lake County and indeed most of California, because its situated east/west instead of north/south like most valleys. This geological anomaly means that High Valley is able to pull in cool air from nearby Clear Lake since there is a very low western ridge to allow airflow. At night the hot summer air is quenched by this cool air, allowing the vines to ready themselves for another day of perfect growing conditions. Read less

I dont know of a Zinfandel vineyard in Napa Valley higher than this one. These low yielding, hillside vines owned by Chiles Valley grower Jay Heminway are at an elevation of more than 1800 feet. The rocky, shallow soil ensures that the fruit is packed full of generous, spicy flavors. In 2006, yields were barely two tons per acre, and the wine already exhibits an attractive forwardness. A customer of ours called last years version of this wine his favorite Zinfandel of the year. This one is certainly as good.

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