Merryvale Zinfandel Napa Valley Jan 2007

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This was one of longtime Merryvale winemaker Steve Test’s last wines before going out on his own. What a wine it is, too. Everything you’d expect f... Read more

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Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

This was one of longtime Merryvale winemaker Steve Test’s last wines before going out on his own. What a wine it is, too. Everything you’d expect from a Napa Valley Zinfandel is in place here. It’s big, and given time, this purports to be a great wine. There’s juicy blackberry and wild cherry. It’s simply beautiful. Hold onto it for a couple of years and then love it for the next 20 years.According to the technical notes on the wine, the vines at the Jan Vineyard on Mills Lane in St. Helena are “very old.” They are head trained and dry-farmed – the way Zinfandel used to be grown and tended to. In the cellar, the wine was made with minimal invasiveness including native yeasts and no fining or filtering. The grapes were picked at a very low 22.9 degree brix, but the final listed alcohol is a surprising 15 percent. However, the latter is hardly noticed.The wine was aged for 17 months in 22 percent new French oak barrels. There were only 202 cases produced.This Zinfandel was also selected as an <I>Appellation Signature Wine </I>by a panel of St. Helena winemakers in an Appellation Discovery tasting on June 22, 2006.


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