Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2015 NP
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Our 2015 Zinfandel boasts bright aromas of fresh berry compote, black cherry, plum, and sweet vanilla. On the palate, ripe raspberry, blackberry and tart cherry are threaded with hints of clove, star anise and bits of baking spice. This wine is weighty with juicy tannins and bright acidity, helping make the red fruit notes pop.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2015 Zinfandel are hand-selected from vineyards in the warmer areas of Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga. Zinfandel grows best in warmer climates, and sourcing grapes from these areas results in complex and concentrated fruit. Zinfandel is not nearly as ubiquitous as Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, and makes up roughly 2% of total acreage.
After a three-day cold soak designed to extract color from the skins, the grapes were pressed early to avoid extracting harsh tannins. Following a 10 to 14-day maceration period and fermented with the délestage method, the lots were aged in 34% new French and American oak barrels for 19 months. The partial use of new oak helps preserve the big Zinfandel flavors, while still imparting warm, spicy characteristics to create an elegant and balanced wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Winemaker Joe Shirley recommends pairing this wine with chicken cacciatore or a well-seasoned steak topped with fresh basil.