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Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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Storybook Mountain Vineyards:
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. Proprietors Jerry and Sigrid Seps’ wine... Read more
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. 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. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/02/2013

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


Member Reviews for Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range

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Snooth User: sflow12
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/21/2009

Nice, medium bodied Zinfandel with great fruit flavors.


Snooth User: Barberesco
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/03/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: zinfan73
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/07/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel Mayacamas Range

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Vintage: 2010 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

The 2008 Zinfandel Mayacamas Range is very similar in style to the 2009, but it has a little more structure. Here, too, the forward aromas and flavors suggest the wine needs to be enjoyed over the next 2andndash;3 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/18/2013

Mountain-grown fruit gives this wine an exceptional intensity and purity of flavor. Tastes like the essence of blackberries, sprinkled with black pepper, anise and cocoa. As rich as it is, the finish is perfectly dry. There’s a rusticity to the texture, but that’s why Zinfandel is Zinfandel. Drink over the next six years, especially with barbecue or fine roasted meats and root vegetables.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/18/2013

The 2008 Zinfandel Mayacamas Range is very similar in style to the 2009, but it has a little more structure. Here, too, the forward aromas and flavors suggest the wine needs to be enjoyed over the next 2–3 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/18/2013

There’s something about the way zin ripens in the east-facing hills north of Calistoga that appeals to me in my gut as much as in my brain. It has the freshness of blackberries picked on a hike in Point Reyes. That wild berry flavor tinges toward brighter fruit, layering vibrant strawberry, tart raspberry and cracked black pepper into a savory Napa Valley red. Yum may not be a technical term, but I wrote it twice in a 20 wine tasting, once for this wine and again for Storybook’s Antaeus (reviewed on page 69). Balanced, sophisticated and elegant, this gains with air and would be delicious with simple roast leg of lamb.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

Thereandrsquo;s something about the way zin ripens in the east-facing hills north of Calistoga that appeals to me in my gut as much as in my brain. It has the freshness of blackberries picked on a hike in Point Reyes. That wild berry flavor tinges toward brighter fruit, layering vibrant strawberry, tart raspberry and cracked black pepper into a savory Napa Valley red. Yum may not be a technical term, but I wrote it twice in a 20 wine tasting, once for this wine and again for Storybookandrsquo;s Antaeus (reviewed on page 69). Balanced, sophisticated and elegant, this gains with air and would be delicious with simple roast leg of lamb.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

Mountain-grown fruit gives this wine an exceptional intensity and purity of flavor. Tastes like the essence of blackberries, sprinkled with black pepper, anise and cocoa. As rich as it is, the finish is perfectly dry. Thereandrsquo;s a rusticity to the texture, but thatandrsquo;s why Zinfandel is Zinfandel. Drink over the next six years, especially with barbecue or fine roasted meats and root vegetables.


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