2012 Calistoga Zinfandel, Frediani Vineyard
Of the over 20 different vineyard blocks we work with each year, none have greater personal meaning to us than the Zinfandel grown by Jim Frediani. You see, Jim has more knowledge in the cuff of his jeans than we could ever attain in a lifetime and his 60-year-old head-trained Zinfandel wines produce fruit so amazingly intense and pure that we feel blessed to be the ones to capture this magic in a bottle.
Had a Frediani Zinfandel before? Good. You know what you’re getting into. Familiar aromas of blackberry pie, blackcurrant, pepper and cloves seep out of each glass. A soft entry ramps up into cascading black fruit flavors with nuanced notes of vanilla, spice and cigar box. Never one to back down, pit this thing up against some ribs. Go heavy on the sauce.