Hendry Blocks 7 and 22 are located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. This nine-acre block is between 230 and 300 feet above sea level and has thin, stony Boomer series soils. The maritime climate is moderated by morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay. Block 7 was planted in 1975 to Clone 2 Zinfandel. Block 22 was planted in 1995, also to clone 2. The vines are spaced 8’ x 10’, cordon trained and spur pruned. A three-wire trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy. Average production is 3 tons per acre and the average harvest dates are between September 22 and September 25.
The alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately ten days in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. The wine was then pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Aging was fifteen months in 100% French oak barrels, approximately one-third of which were new.
Pretty aromas of chocolate-covered cherry and berry let you know that Zinfandel Clone 2 is in the bottle. Sweet, forward fruit with berry jam, cocoa with secondary orange rind, cedar and spice elements. Gradual, almost imperceptible palate transition to the soft-textured, fine-grained tannins that give the wine its structure.
2000 cases produced
Alcohol is 15.1%