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Napa Cellars 2009 Zinfandel

Drunk June 2012


The wine

Though labelled as Zinfandel this wine is actually 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Syrah.

The majority of the Zinfandel for this wine is sourced from the warmer parts of the Napa Valley, including Calistoga, St.Helena and Pope Valley. Zinfandel has been proven to be genetically equivalent to Italy's Primitivo grape and the grape makes up only 2% of Napa Valley's acreage. It is aged in American and French oak for 14 months.

This wine has an amazing smokiness and fruitiness about it. Raspberries and strawberries and smooth as anything. Plenty of tannins and rolls down the throat.

Not the best value for money  at £17.50 as is the way with American wines, particularly from Napa but very enjoyable. Not in the league to be a fermented-grape favourite but a solid premium wine.