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Napa Cellars Zinfandel Napa Valley 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Napa Cellars Zinfandel is the perfect middle ground between the spicy Zinfandels of the Sierra Foothills and the fruity jammy Zinfandels of Sonoma. Both characteristics can be found in moderation with this wine. You can expect a swirl of the glass to reveal intense, sweet ripe berries, cinnamon and black pepper spice with elements of sun-baked earth. Zinfandel and BBQ are a natural.

Napa Cellars:
What does Napa stand for? For some, it conjures up images of five-star resorts and world renowned restaurants, but everyone agrees Napa Valley represents the pinnacle of great wines; one of the world's great wine capitals. Napa Cellars embodies the classic Napa Valley style - ripe, rich, balanced and collectible. Most importantly, the wines of Napa Cellars taste of the depth of this great wine ... Read more
What does Napa stand for? For some, it conjures up images of five-star resorts and world renowned restaurants, but everyone agrees Napa Valley represents the pinnacle of great wines; one of the world's great wine capitals. Napa Cellars embodies the classic Napa Valley style - ripe, rich, balanced and collectible. Most importantly, the wines of Napa Cellars taste of the depth of this great wine region as much as the grapes themselves. In the valley's warm days and cool nights, our vineyards produce seven primary varieties for which Napa Valley has become famous. Try one of our classic wines, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Napa Cellars Zinfandel Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
2.50 5
02/06/2013

Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts


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Snooth User: Olivier
28906500
4.00 5
07/22/2007

Aromatic, some white flowers aromas. Fresh in mooth, you feel peach sirup, and it has a quite long finish. To pair with lobster.


Snooth User: rayray
7241953
0.00 5
05/20/2008

Not quite the fruity and light Zinfandels that I'm use too. Its best to let this one air out a bit since it contains very sweet ripe berries, extra cinnamon and black pepper spice. That combination with darker tannins give it a very robust aftertaste. I'm told that Zinfandel and BBQ are a great fit! I will have to give that a try.


Snooth User: wineyone
3003930
4.00 5
08/11/2007

Smooth and lusterous


Snooth User: amiller
282098
5.00 5
06/11/2007

This is as close to blackberry pie in a bottle that you'll find. It wraps your tongue and lines your mouth with zin-flavored velvet. I enjoy drinking this one on its own or enjoy it with a nice teriyaki beef.


External Reviews for Napa Cellars Zinfandel Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Super-ripe blackberry and cassis fruit dominate the 2000 Beaucastelrsquo;s aromatics. This low acid, accessible Beaucastel is likely to be bottled earlier than normal according to Francois Perrin. A classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, with the remainder miscellaneous varietals, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses a sweet nose dominated by black fruits, loads of glycerin, full body, and superb purity. It will be atypically delicious young, yet will last 15ndash;20 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Clean and fresh, bursting with fruit and spices. Full-bodied, it delivers some game, truffle, vanilla notes. Itrsquo;s distinctive and ought to reveal wonderful terroir with age, but for now it hasnrsquo;t come together. Needs time. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Beaucastel has made another great Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape in 1990. In stylistic terms, it is completely different from the profound 1989. The color is opaque black/ruby/ purple, and who can complain about the perfume of smoked meats, coffee, hickory, oriental spices, and black raspberries? In the mouth, the wine, while concentrated, full-bodied, and extremely rich, displays harder tannins, slightly higher acidity, and comes across as a more muscular, austere example of Beaucastelhellip; will not be approachable young, and will need at least 6ndash;7 years in the cellar.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical of Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990 although I donrsquo;t see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, eartly expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7ndash;8 years. Anticipated maturity 2008ndash;2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastelrsquo;s 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep ruby/purple in color with loads of licorice, smoked game, black cherry and blackberry fruit, along with incense and truffle, the wine has fabulous richness, high tannin, medium to full body, and beautiful length, richness, and purity. This is a beauty and one of the vintagersquo;s finest wines. Give it 4ndash;6 years of bottle age and drink it over the next 25+ years. It has the potential to be one of the longest-lived Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7ndash;10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience. I canrsquo;t see it being close to drinkable before 2014 and lasting up to 30 or more years.


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Napa Cellars Zinfandel is the perfect middle ground between the spicy Zinfandels of the Sierra Foothills and the fruity jammy Zinfandels of Sonoma. Both characteristics can be found in moderation with this wine. You can expect a swirl of the glass to reveal intense, sweet ripe berries, cinnamon and black pepper spice with elements of sun-baked earth. Zinfandel and BBQ are a natural.

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