2006 Storybook Mountain "Reserve" Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1054025

96 points Wine and Spirits: "Jerry and Sigrid Seps select the barrels for this reserve, the top lot from their hillside estate overlooking Mount St. Helena and the Palisades in Northern Napa Valley. The vineyard forms an amphitheatre facing northeast, with enough cool morning sun to ripen the grapes with the kind of pure, fresh fruit flavors that Bordeaux's first growths attain in the finest vintages. But rather than the black currant depth of cabernet, here it's zin's basket of raspberries, cool and delicious.This is perfectly formed, youthfully floral, with sweetness in the fruit tannin that captures the late autumn sun. We tasted the 2001 and 1981 Reserves at Storybook, which led me to believe that my score on the 2006 is conservative" (02/10) 94 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This perennial high-performer returns in 2006 with another stellar outing in which its tight first aromas are terrifically well-focused on bright, pert, concentrated blackberry fruit with a claret-like sense of potential in their midst. As expected from the nose, the wine is firm, balanced and deep with solid, if youthfully reluctant yet impeccably crafted flavors. Bottle aging will be this wine's greatest ally, and we would counsel that it be put in the cellar for some three to four years at a minimum - with the full expectation that this Zin has a decade of forward momentum in its kit bag." (01/10)

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Varietal:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.9