2011 Hendry "Block 7 & 22" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Wine & Spirits
The scent of this wine is worth the price of admission, a combination of sage, sun and wet rock, of forest pines and dark red fruit. It reminded Wolfgang Weber, one of our panelists, of hiking in the North Coast, "in the morning, when the sun burns off the dew and picks up the scents of plant resins." The fragrance may round the wine in the Napa Valley hills, but the texture is pure benchland, about as silky as a wine can be...a deliciously plump Zinfandel, the kind of dynamic red wine that proves Napa Valley's greatness.
High alcohol gives this wine peppery heat and a mouthwatering savoriness. The flavors, though, are all Zinfandel, suggesting ripe wild blackberries, currants and dark chocolate. It will pair well with smoky, sweetly-sauced barbecued ribs and chicken.
Best known for their Zin, the Hendry family has been farming in Napa since 1939. Their Block 7 and Block 22 were planted in 1975 and 1995 respectively. Located on bench lands west of the town of Napa, this nine-acre block is between 230 and 300 feet above sea level and has thin, stony Boomer series soils. The maritime climate is moderated by morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay.