Hendry Block 28 is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. This 4.17 acre block is 160 feet above sea level and has thin, stony Boomer Series soils. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate the maritime climate. The vines were planted in 1995 using St. George roots and grafted with bud wood selected from an old vine Zinfandel vineyard. The vines are spaced 6.9' x 5', cordon trained and spur pruned. A vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy.
In 2009, the median bud break in Block 28 occurred April 2. Median bloom was May 22 and median veraison was July 31. Harvest was September 18, with a yield of 4 tons per acre. The alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately one week in closed fermentation tanks. The wine was pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Aging was fifteen months in French oak barrels, 65% of which were new.
Deep berry and typical Block 28 spice. Fruit, acid and tannins are in balance. Velvety mouthfeel develops with exposure to oxygen. Dense flavors and aromas of dark berries, with complex secondary elements of spice and cocoa. Block 28 is a versatile pairing partner with medium-rich to rich meaty dishes that are grilled, braised, or cooked in a wood-burning oven.
The alcohol is 15.2%.
500 cases produced
Block 28 Zinfandel Reviews