2011 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel
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.
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.