2009 Storybook Mountain "Reserve" Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel
Storybook Mountain has long set the standard for just how good Napa Valley Zinfandel can be and this latest Reserve version once again proves that the variety can indeed yield wines of great beauty and admirable sophistication. From its deep and layered aromas of blackberries, dried flowers and sweet oak to its bright and beautifully composed flavors, it is a most complex and compelling take on the grape, and one that comes with the structure to grow for a decade or more. Zinfandel just does not get any better than this.
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Jerry Seps grows racy zin in the hills northwest of Calistoga. His Estate Reserve is built to evolve over the course of a decade or more. Catch this wine now for its floral scents, its fragrant and lush red fruit, for the comforting warmth of sun on stone. There’s nothing overt about the alcohol, which opens the flavors but remains hidden in the structure, balanced by firm, dark tannins with the cool feel of the earth. Decant it for short ribs, or hide it away in the cellar.
This is classic Zinfandel, bearing ripe, briary, brambly flavors of wild berries, with notes of Dr. Pepper, tobacco, bacon, sandalwood and exotic spices. Absolutely delicious, this is a wine to enjoy with a wide variety of spicy meats, cheeses and vegetarian dishes.