2009 Hendry "Block 7 and 22" Napa Zinfandel

SKU #1093410 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Classic Zinfandel, rich and robust and high in alcohol, with enormously ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, sprinkled with Zinís pepper, cinnamon and clove spices. This full-bodied wine raises Zinfandelís rustic nature to Napa elegance.  (12/ 2011)

Connoisseurs Guide

 With top notes of sweet berries and suggestions of dark soil in the nose, this fleshy, fully ripe, fairly broad-shouldered working is solidly varietal in focus. It hints just a little at dried grapes as it finishes, yet it does a very good job at hiding its heat, and it is fit with enough central fruit to stay the course for a few years as its nominal tannins ease.  (1/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Zinfandel Blocks 7 & 22 comes across as rather evolved. Crushed flowers, dried red fruit and sweet herbs linger on a delicate, fleeting finish that suggests the wine needs to be drunk sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.  (12/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 Well-focused, with cherry and cracked pepper aromas and appealing but tightly wound plum, loam and cedar flavors. Best after 2013.  (5/ 2012)

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2012  | Send Email
As you can tell from my recommendations, I rarely write up Zinfandels, perhaps because so many of them remind me of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler~ they beat my palate to a pulp, with ripe fruit, fruit and yet more FRUIT, leaving me wondering if I've somehow fallen into a giant vat of jam. Ok, Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but when I find one that works, that pulls everything together in a superlative display of both fireworks and finesse, I'm elated, overjoyed actually. George Hendry has been making extraordinary Zins on his ranch property west of the town of Napa for a generation by adhering to absolutely meticulous cultivation practices, which might make sense when one realizes that he is also a developer and inventor of high particle cyclotrons,hardly your average science geek turned winemaker. Vineyard blocks 7 and 22 are regarded as ideal for producing moderately sweet, midweight wines with balanced acidity and gentle tannins. Elevage in one-third new French barriques for fifteen months adds elegance and structure without dominating the wonderful deep cherry, briary flavors of the fruit. Lovely juice, highly recommended.
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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.
Country:

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.