2016 Zinfandel 750 ml
Nils' Classic Napa Valley Old Vine Zin
What makes "Old Vines" valuable for our Zinfandel? Our winemaking team sees year after year a diminishing crop of uniformly higher quality grapes that create a more intense wine with better balance. And so the quality of the fruit comes from the mature, deeper roots accessing underground aquifers in the dry-farmed, hot weather district of Calistoga. Old Vines ripen earlier, so there is less chance of scorch due to excessive heat or mildew from fall rains. Now releasing our 24th vintage with grapes primarily sourced from the Frediani Vineyard, Saddleback is happy to list once again: Old Vine Zinfandel.
Challenges in 2016 included an especially low yield, and so the addition of 4% Tempranillo is new in this vintage, adding even more depth of flavor. As an expression of the Zin varietal, on the nose find aromas of blackberry preserves, violets and gunsmoke. On the palate, rich dark berry and dried plum with vanilla and powdered cocoa. Notable is the harmony and balance between fruit and tannin on the finish. One to pair with Tag-A-Long barbecue, pepper-rubbed steaks, roasted rosemary new potatoes, grilled lamb lollipops, marinated pork loin roasts, and dry, aged cheeses.