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 the early years of Hendry’s winemaking endeavors, George was farming and harvesting a vineyard a short tractor drive away on Mt. Veeder, called the Brandlin Ranch. The old-vine Zinfandel there was of mysterious lineage, and always produced complex, intense spicy fruit. So when the vineyard was sold, in 1995, budwood from the vines was grafted onto rootstock here in Block 23 and later in the larger Block 28.
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.
Complex, balanced palate. Deep berry, spice and pepper. Velvety mouthfeel develops with exposure to oxygen. Plenty of back-palate tannin, long finish. Block 28’s hallmark depth, complexity and firm tannic backbone make it a versatile pairing partner, especially nice with seared New Zealand lamb chops, osso bucco, braised short ribs—just about anything grilled, braised, or cooked in a wood-burning oven.
The alcohol is 15.2%.
500 cases produced
Block 28 Zinfandel Reviews