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Wine Pick of the Week: Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, Zinfandel ’11

Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, Zinfandel '11

This week, I’ve selected Grgich Hills Estate’s 2011 Zinfandel for you to explore. Though their pride and joy is their Chardonnay, I encourage you to enjoy a bottle of this Zinfandel over dinner when you join us in Downtown Greensboro this week. We have many excellent small plates, appetizers, and entrees from our dinner menu that will pair wonderfully with this oak aged wine.

Many of you already know about the historic “Paris Tasting” of 1976 that earned Mike Grgich accolades from a panel of French Judges. For those of you who don’t, I encourage you to take a few minutes and learn more about this award-winning Napa Valley winery and the famous ’76 tasting.

I look forward to seeing you soon and hearing your thoughts on this Napa Valley wine.

Cheers!

Wes
 

Grgich Hills Estate proudly farms five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and rely on wild yeast fermentation. They also switched to solar power in 2006 and are committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability.

Wine Maker’s Notes

Alcohol : 14.5% by volume
Fermentation: indigenous yeast; pressed off skins, early to retain fruit character
Harvest date: October 13-19, 2011
Sugar: 25 ̊ Brix (average)
Bottling date: March 12, 2013
Release date: Fall 2014
Total acid: 5.5 g/L
pH: 3.78
Time in oak: 15 months
Type of oak: large French oak casks
Production: 7,370 cases (12/750 m l.)
Blend: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah

Vintage:
Thanks to cool weather and unexpected rains,  2011 was  a  demanding but,  in  the  end,   rewarding  vintage  for  us.  The  wet  winter  and  spring   delayed the   start   of   bloom   and   then cool   temperatures   slowed   grape   development, pushing  the  start  of  harvest  back  by  two  weeks. More  reminiscent  of  France  than  Napa  Valley, this  vintage  fashioned  elegant  wines  with  great  aromatics, and the lower level of sugars from the cool growing season translated into lower alcohol.

Vineyard:
Our  34-acre  vineyard  in  Calistoga is the  warmest  of  our  five  vineyards  and  the  sole source  of  our  Zinfandel.  Its  northeast  exposure  catches  abundant  morning  sun  but  is  shaded  from  the  hot  late  afternoon  sun,  and  combined  with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils, this forms the  perfect  spot  to  grow  this  varietal.  We  farm  all  of  our  vineyards  naturally,  without  artificial pesticides  or  herbicides,  and  they  are  certified organic.

The Wine:
We  co-fermented  the  Zinfandel  with  a  touch  of  Petite  Sirah  to  add  complexity  and  structure,  and  then  aged  the  wine  in  large  oak  casks  so  the  flavors  are  well  integrated  but  not  overwhelmed  by  oak.  This  food-friendly  Zinfandel’s     pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries,  and  a  hint  of  white  pepper  make  it  the  perfect  match  for  grilled  meats,  lasagna,  pizza topped with tomato sauce and beef stews.  

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