96 | 2011 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel
The scent of this wine is worth the price of admission, a combination of sage, sun and wet rock, of forest pines and dark red fruit. It reminded Wolfgang Weber, one of our panelists, of hiking in the north coast, “in the morning, when the sun burns off the dew and picks up the scents of plant resins.” The fragrance may ground the wine in the Napa Valley hills, but the texture is pure benchland, about as silky as a wine can be. The Hendry family farms these blocks of clone 2 zinfandel at the edge of the hills west of the city of Napa, one block planted in 1975, the other in 1995. Those vines hit in 2011 with a deliciously plump zinfandel, the kind of dynamic red wine that proves Napa Valley’s greatness. (1,620 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA
Wine And Spirits | February 2014
88 | 2010 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel
This wine marries Napa Valley’s elegant tannin structure with Zin’s naturally briary rusticity, with good results. The flavors abound in wild berry, currant,tobacco, cola, tabasco and exotic spice. It will be great with grilled beef.
Wine Enthusiast | December 2012
90 | 2009 Best of the Year - Hendry Napa Valley Blocks 7&22 Zinfandel
The neighborhood makes most of these wines ambitious in scope. ... 2009 Hendry Blocks 7 & 22 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($35, 15.2%): Hendry's parcels west of ... Classic Zinfandel, rich and robust and high in alcohol, with enormously ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, sprinkled with Zin’s pepper, cinnamon and clove spices. This full-bodied wine raises Zinfandel’s rustic nature to Napa elegance.
Wine Enthusiast | Buying Guide, Dec. 31, 2011
91 | 2009 Year’s Best Zinfandels Hendry Napa Valley Blocks 7&22 Zinfandel
George Hendry grew upon his family’s vineyard in the hills west of the city of Napa. Today he divides his time between growing grapes and designing cyclotrons, though there’s nothing particularly scientific about this zin. It tastes more of the rocky earth than of winemaking, the fruit providing a floral burst of flavor, the edges of tannin growing softer with a day of air as the wine grows velvety. Its complex scents of herbs and mushrooms will match braised duck. 700 cases.
Wine & Spirit's | February 2012
93 | 2007 Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel
This grows on the nine acres of benchland west of Napa, one sector planted in 1975, the other in 1995. It’s a heady wine, as fat in the middle as a plump Napa Valley cabernet with distinctly zin-like floral notes of hibiscus, along with smoked paprika. There’s tension to the structure girding the wine for bottle age, though it’s delicious to drink now: a vibrant red for venison roasted black cherries.
Wine & Spirit's | October 2011
90 | Hendry 2006 Napa Valley Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel
From one of the best Zinfandel producers in Napa Valley comes this likeable, balanced bottling. It’s rich and spicy and succulent, yet complex and authoritative, and should develop over several years. Shows Zin’s briary, crushed wild berry and anise character, with impeccable balance and finesse.
Wine Enthusiast | November 2008
90 | Hendry 2006 Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel
Warm boysenberry flavors meet an edge of orange zest acidity in the black, smoky zin. It opens with air, integrating the heat of its alcohol into the fruit. For grilled sausages (2,200 cases) Hendry Ranch, Napa, CA
Wine & Spirit's | June 2009