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Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White 2009

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The Estate Zinfandel wine is produced from four acres of Zinfandel grapes grown and hand-tended in the Calistoga Estate vineyard. Ignacio Blancas, winemaker, tends the four acres of Old Vine zinfandel carefully all year, and hand selects only the very best grape clusters at harvest time. The wine is made in small lots and aged in a combination of French and American Oak barrels for 16 months. Production is limited to 700 cases per year. Enjoy discovering the layers of complex cherry, blackberry, and spice flavors, culminating in a long supple finish.

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Summers Winery:
Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley propert... Read more
Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley property carries the name Summers Estate Wines, with the vineyard designation of Villa Andriana Vineyard, named after our daughter. The property has been completely transformed to recognize its full potential. With a winery/tasting room, entertainment center, bocce ball court, picnic area and 22+ acres of vines (Zinfandel, Charbono, and Cabernet Sauvignon) we think it a perfect balance of pleasure and productivity. Creating red-wine from grapes grown on small acreages in both Napa Valley and Knights Valley is the passion of Beth and Jim Summers. The signature, "unique" wine offered by Summers is Charbono. The name is thought to be an early Italian immigrant version of Charbonneau, a French varietal. Some strongly believe that this variety is a close relative to the Dolcetto variety, widely grown in northern Italy. The vine bears very large berries that are used to make a very dark red wine that, when subjected to extended skin contact during fermentation, is full of fruit flavor and low in tannins. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,923
4.00 5
08/06/2012

Smoky oak, vanilla and espresso foam all come together on the nose along with some black pepper, black cherry and a hint of sweet pork. Full and broad in the mouth, this shows some assertive if polished tannins early on along with rich flavors of black cherry and black raspberry. There’s a certain hardness on the palate, though a nice brambly note emerges on the back end. The fruit pops just before the coffee and toasty oak emerge again on the moderately long finish. This is fairly intense Zin, well balanced but a little youthfully rambunctious. If you want to enjoy this now, throw a porterhouse on the BBQ, otherwise wait 12 months. 90pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
09/21/2012

Smoky nose that's meaty with cherry, peppers. A little bit of basil and tomato too.



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The Estate Zinfandel wine is produced from four acres of Zinfandel grapes grown and hand-tended in the Calistoga Estate vineyard. Ignacio Blancas, winemaker, tends the four acres of Old Vine zinfandel carefully all year, and hand selects only the very best grape clusters at harvest time. The wine is made in small lots and aged in a combination of French and American Oak barrels for 16 months. Production is limited to 700 cases per year. Enjoy discovering the layers of complex cherry, blackberry, and spice flavors, culminating in a long supple finish.

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