2015 Blocks 7 & 22 Zinfandel

$36


One of the two wines George made in his very first offering of a few hundred cases back in 1992 was from Block 7, planted in 1975. It remains the foundation of one of our flagship wines.

Both block 7 and 22 are located on benchlands west of the town of Napa. The nine acres are between 230 and 300 feet above sea level and have 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 forty-three years ago in 1975 to clone 2 Zinfandel. Block 22 was planted twenty-three years ago, 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.

In 2015, budbreak was March 25th, bloom occurred May 22nd and median veraison July 28th. Block 7 was harvested on September 10th. Block 22 was harvested on September 8th. Average production in the two blocks averages around 3 tons per acre.

The alcoholic fermentation for each 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 for the 7&22 is fifteen months in French oak barrels, approximately one-third of which are new each vintage.

Ruby in color. Soft aromas of dark cherry fruit, orange rind, cocoa, peppers, spice and black tea. Medium bodied, with subdued tannins. The balanced palate offers red fruits, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and bright acid. Long finish. Pairing thoughts: a tender, grilled lamb chop, with salt and fresh ground black pepper; dry-rubbed barbecue of any kind (without too much sweet or heat); dark meat chicken cooked in red wine with mushrooms and herbs; pasta with a savory, meaty, reduced sauce…such a versatile wine that it’s hard to think of anything in the middle range of richness that it won’t go with!


Wine Specs

Alcohol: 15.3
TA: 5.71
VA: .67
Cases Produced: 2350