2010 Storybook Mountain "Reserve" Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1154463 97 points Wine & Spirits

 When Zinfandel has the elegance of a great Pinot Noir, it feels transformative. This is a delicate, airy red wine, gentle to the touch, as meaty as the purple-blue tension of the color would imply, as transparent as the ruby light that shines through the glass. The tannins set the wine apart: They seem to carry a scent of roses. Tannins in red wines from the Napa Valley are often bold, juicy, rich and powerful. In Zinfandel, you might expect them to be rustic. This wine’s tannins are, in fact, among the most refined I have tasted in any wine from the Napa Valley, achieved through the sensible and sensitive organic farming practiced by Jerry Seps at his estate in the hills above Calistoga. Zinfandel is what these red, volcanic soils were meant to grow and this 2010 Reserve may be their most remarkable performance yet. If you know anyone born in 2010, a case of this wine would make a great gift, ready by the time they turn 21.  (4/2014)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 If flirting with suggestions of milk chocolate and a wine that leans to ripeness throughout, the Estate Reserve is still a wonderfully focused, deeply fruited Zinfandel that goes straight to the varietal point. It is supple and mouthfilling, and it takes on a touch of back-end grip, but, true to its maker, it is nothing less than exceptionally well-balanced for a wine of its richness and size. While this one should grow for a decade or more given its structure and Storybook Mountain's track record for making long-aging wines, it is far from being a shy flower now, and there are those of us who will find plenty to like in the much nearer term.  (1/2014)

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Zinfandel

- 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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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.
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California

- 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 (%): 14.5