This is a classic Napa Valley Zinfandel in every respect. The 2010 has cranberry,
blueberry and kirsch aromas that are reflected on the palette with generous cassis,
black cherry, and cinnamon with just a hint of black pepper. This beautiful Napa Valley
Zinfandel has good concentration, and it continues to show layers of complexity through
a fruity and spicy finish.
2010 Vintage Recap from the Napa Valley Vintners
In some years winegrowers must feel like baseball players in the batting cage swinging
at whatever Mother Nature throws their way, and for vintage 2010 in California’s
renowned Napa Valley this was the case. Rainfall returned after three dry years, pushed
bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the
growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. The
summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and
rigorous canopy management averted mildew or pest problems.
The ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. Winegrowers
were faced with a two-day heat spike into triple digits for the first time in the season,
coinciding with the first day of harvest on August 24. With canopies thinned to adjust for
the cooler season, grapes at various sites experienced some sunburn. The damage was
variable site-to-site with many vineyards reporting no sunburned clusters at all.
The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late
summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were
excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards- concentrated flavors that will
materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.