2008 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1068533 95 points Wine & Spirits

 *100 Best Wines of 2011* 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.  (10/2011)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Pure and persistent black-berry fruit is the driving force of this deep, very well-balanced wine, and those who would argue that California Zinfandel is all overripe and top heavy need to think again. As usual, Dr. Seps has come up with a very solid, well-structured wine that shows nary a hint of fat. It finishes on a firm note with grippy tannins commending at least a few years of age, and, given the winery track record, we would not be surprised if it improves and holds for a good many more.  (9/2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2011)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2011 | Send Email
A recent visit to Storybook Mountain Vineyards just north of Calistoga reminded me of just why I like these wines so much. The 2008 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel is the culmination of 35 years of tireless effort by owner/winemaker Jerry Seps. I was so dazzled by the aromas emerging from the glass I forgot I was supposed to be drinking it as well. Fresh blackberries and spice notes awaited me when I did. The wine showed superb concentration and length. If you love California Zinfandel and you have yet to try any of the Storybook wines, this is the next bottle you must buy.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2011 | Send Email
This is great wine from one of California's true soul wine producers. It is made entirely from CCOF certified organic estate fruit from a site that is one of the coolest in all of Napa at the very top end of Calistoga. This zin is concentrated without any heaviness, and has the guts and acidity to age for a very long time- as well as the track record. Buy it for your next BBQ ribs night, and sock some away for the decade to come.
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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9