2017 Frediani Zinfandel – Calistoga, Napa Valley
Of all the vineyard blocks we work with each year, none have a greater personal meaning to us than Zinfandel grown by Jim Frediani. You see, Jim has more vineyard knowledge in the cuff of his jeans than we could ever attain in a lifetime – and his 60-year old head-trained Zinfandel vines produce fruit so amazingly intense and pure that we feel blessed to be the ones to capture this magic in a bottle.
If you want big Zin, you'll need to find some that have been through the crucible. Jim's valley-floor Zinfandel vineyard is bombarded with brutal heat during the daytime and chilled with frigid colds at night. This daily variance stresses the vines and produces fruit with unrivaled intensity.
On the 2017 vintage, you'll find dark fruits like blackberry and boysenberry dominating the nose upfront intertwined with notes of strawberry and subtle hints of lavender and violet. Elegant and very fruit-forward you'll find the mouth explodes with flavors of strawberry jam, cranberry tart, and raspberry honey straw. Light silky textures and a super smooth finish round out this incredible wine.