2011 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1159683 93 points Wine & Spirits

 This is Jerry Seps’s basic estate zinfandel, and it’s a confident beauty in 2011. The aroma invites you in with hints of roses and herbs, cool red berries and an open spice box of exotic scents. The texture leads you along with silken ease, offering fresh, friendly juice in a supple yet substantial structure. This isn’t complex, but it’s plush and delicious. Decant a bottle for roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Storybook Mountain Vineyards was established on the site of the old Grimm Brothers winery, which had been growing Zinfandel since the 1880s, but was destroyed by a fire in 1970s and abandoned. Jerry Seps bought the property in 1976, renamed it Storybook (it really is a "storybook" setting, with rolling hills, intermittent forest, and mountain terrain) and the rest is history. The soil type and microclimates vary dramatically at Storybook; grapes coming from different vineyard sites are subjected not only to different soils, but also various degrees of temperature and sunlight, making Storybook the source for some of Napa Valley's most compelling, distinctive, and ageworthy Zinfandels. The Mayacamas Range bottling is the closest thing to an entry-level bottling, but is nonetheless from estate-grown fruit.

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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.

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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 (%): 13.9