2017 - Zinfandel

Awarded 93 points and Year's Best US Zinfandels by Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits.

Our Zinfandel is a union of vineyard and varietal histories. Zinfandel was first planted in California in the mid-1800's, and our Soda Creek Ranch property in the 1880's. The site was purchased and restored by the Millers in 1992. To honor this history, our Zinfandel vines are planted with bud wood from other historic Napa Valley vineyards and are head-trained. Soil and site limit the production of the vines. The resulting wines are deep ruby in color with aromas of freshly cracked pepper, wild berry patch and savory spices.

Vintage Notes Every vintage tells a story and Napa Valley’s 2017 is no exception. From abundant winter rains to cool spring weather, warm summer temperatures and October’s wildfires, this vintage may be more memorable than most. Plentiful winter rains helped refresh our groundwater and the vines and led to a cool, mild spring. An unusual hailstorm in early June had little effect on the overall crop. Due in part to these warmer temperatures, 90% of Napa Valley’s grape tonnage was harvested before the wine country wildfires started on October 8. Although the fires were a terrible human tragedy, taking lives and destroying property, the Napa Valley wine industry, its wineries and its vineyards were largely spared. Tasting Notes Ripe and powerful, yet a balanced acidity provides freshness. Briary blackberry, fig, and candied strawberry are met with white pepper, spicy dried lavender and toasted coconut flakes. Reviews 93 points from Wine & Spirits, Joshua Greene, June 2020 issue & Year's Best US Zinfandels
  • Varietal 100% Zinfandel
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • Vineyard 100% Soda Creek Ranch
  • Harvest Info October 1, 2017
    26.8° Brix
  • Skin Contact 11 days maceration
  • Oak Profile 13.5 months of barrel age
    37% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 63% French, 32% American, 5% Hungarian
  • Analysis 16.4% Alcohol
    6.63 g/L TA
    3.47 pH
    0.07% Rs
    Bottled July 2019
    965 cases
  • Aging Suggestions 2-5 years peak; drink by 6-8 years