Zinfandels from the Napa Valley









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2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel
2010 Korte Ranch, St. Helena Zinfandel
2010 Black Sears Howell Mountain Zinfandel
2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
2009 Brown Vineyard Zinfandel
2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah
2005 Zinfandel Dessert Wine
2010 Napa Valley Primitivo
2011 Zinfandel Rosé Napa Valley
2005 Late Harvest Zinfandel

Winemaking Styles & Strengths
How It's Done in the Cellar and the Fields


Thoughts on the Current Line-up
The 2010 Vintage in Napa Valley was a long cool summer with one spike of heat. We were stressing about the chance of rain coming in and damaging the thin skinned Zinfandel, but Mother Nature was kind and we harvested the grapes without any real wet weather. These wines have bright fruit and a nice acidity that makes them wonderful wines with food. The cool summer helps the wines show their individual terrior.


2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel

The D-cubed Cellars Napa Valley Zinfandel has complex aromas of ripe cherries, strawberries and hints of cinnamon licorice and wild mushrooms. The med full body and supple tannins allow the flavors of cherries, berries spice and hints of oak to carry through the very long finish.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 730 cases
Release date: September 2014

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
20 months
Bottling: May 2013
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.5%

Aging potential: 7 to 9 years

 

2010 Korte Ranch, St. Helena Zinfandel

The Korte Ranch is a classic old St. Helena Vineyard, planted around 1910. Korte Ranch is head-trained and dry-farmed planted on the St. George rootstock and produces wonderful Zinfandel. The 2010 Korte Ranch Zinfandel has aromas of blackberries, cherries, wild mushrooms and with sage hints of vanilla and cedar. It is full bodied with flavors of berries, dark cherries and cinnamon that carry throughout the long finish.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Napa Valley
Sub appellations: St Helena, Chiles Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 196 cases
Release date: February 1, 2015

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
22 months
Bottling: May 2012
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 15.4%

Aging potential: 7 to 10 years

 

2010 Black Sears Howell Mountain Zinfandel

The 2010 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is from Black Sears Vineyard which is at 2400 ft. Elevation. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines

This Zinfandel jumps out of the glass with notes of blackberries and pepper. These are compounded with aromas of plums, sage and a hint of oak. This full bodied wine has flavors of berries, plum, white pepper with hints of herbs and toasty oak. The richness and intensity lingers on the tongue through the long smooth berry finish

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Howell Mountain
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 198 cases
Release date: January 2014

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
16 months French and American
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.6%

Aging potential: 8 to 10 years

 

2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

The 2011 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is from Black Sears Vineyard at 2400 ft blended with some Napa Valley Zinfandel. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines. This wine shows the terrior it was born from while maintaining elegance and grace.

D-cubed Cellars 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel has intense aromas of dried cherries, raspberries, and cranberries. These fruit aromas are balanced by aromas of black pepper and cardamom. Very nice body and smooth round tannins with flavors of raspberries, and cranberries with a spicy fruity finish.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 91% Howell Mountain, 9% Chiles Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 201 cases
Release date: December 2014

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
15 months French and American
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 13.7%

Aging potential: 6 to 8 years

 

2009 Brown Vineyard Zinfandel

This vintage from Brown Vineyards has bright cherries and some Santa Rosa plum fruit, allspice and black pepper, with hints of vanilla and oak. It is full bodied with nice round tannins. Typical of Brown Vineyards the 2009 is very mouth-filling without being out of balance. The palate has cherries and spice that carry all the way to the long finish.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Napa Valley, Chiles Valley
Vineyards: Brown Vineyards 100%
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 140 cases
Release date: February, 2015

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
1 months French and American
Alcohol: 14.5%

Aging potential: 7 to 10 years

 
2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

For the 2008 Vintage of Napa Valley Petite Sirah I blended some fruit from Cooke an old head trained vineyard near Calistoga with a small amount of Petite Sirah from Suisun Valley and a little Brown Vineyards Zinfandel.

The Dcubed Cellars 2008 Petite Sirah has raspberry and blue berry fruit and sage aromas. This medium bodied wine has chewy tannins with nice fruit and herb flavors. The long finish is berries and some 'Petite' tannins.

Viticulture:
Appellation:
98% Napa Valley
Vineyards: Brown Vineyards 100%
Varietal Content:91% Petite Sirah, 9% Zinfandel
Production: 258cases
Release date:  March 1, 2012

Winemaking:
Time in oak
:13 months
Bottling: January 2010
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.5%
Aging potential:
6 to 8 years

 

Score: 92
Wine Spectator Online Score: 92 Terrific, with aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg notes up front, and a core of lively wild blackberry and blueberry flavors. Elegant, juicy and sophisticated, with Petite-like tannins lending traction. Drink now through 2022. –MW


2005 Zinfandel Dessert Wine

D-cubed Cellars 2005 Zinfandel Dessert Wine is a Tawny Port styled wine. The wine was fortified to halt the fermentation with the addition of Zinfandel Spirits. After the spirit addition the wine was pressed with a hand basket press. The wine was then aged for over two years and half years in neutral barrels to allow the spirits and the wine time to integrate. The resulting wine is rich and fruity the perfect thing on a cool winter evening to end the day.

Viticulture:
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel

 


Production: 110cases, 375 ml
Release date: December 1, 2009

Winemaking:
Time in oak
: 33 months
Bottling: September 2008
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 19.0%
Residual Sugar: 7.5 gm/100mL

Aging potential: 8-10 years

 

2010 Napa Valley Primitivo

The Dcubed Cellars 2010 Primitivo comes from the Cypress Ranch in Pope Valley (the back-side of Howell Mountain). Primitivo is the clone of Zinfandel that is grown in Italy and pairs well with similar foods.

Our 2010 Primitivo fills your nose with cherry and strawberry aromas with hints if sage and pie spice. The medium full body has smooth tannins and flavors of mixed berries, sage, and currents. It finishes with slightly rustic tannins, befitting the name Primitivo.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 91.4% Primitivo, 9.6% Zinfandel
Production: 225 cases
Release date: February, 2015

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
18 months
Bottling: May 2013
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 15.3%

Aging potential: 6 to 8 years

 

2011 Zinfandel Rosé Napa Valley

2011 was a complex year for making Zinfandel in the Napa Valley. It was a late year with spring rains, a long cool summer, and then a couple of early rains in the fall. All this led to having a different thought process in wine production. With that I decided for the first time in the 18 harvests that I have been making D-cubed Zinfandel to 'Bleed Off' or 'Saignée' some juice a couple days after harvest to concentrate the juice to skin ratio. The resulting wine is my first ever Zinfandel Rose.

The 2011 Zinfandel Rose is a bright almost hibiscus colored wine. It has aromas of cranberries, strawberries and hints of toast and spice. This medium light bodied wine has flavors of cranberries, and spice and should pair nicely with summer fare. It finishes with cranberries and a nice acidity.

Viticulture:
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel


Production:
93 cases

Release date: July 1, 2012

Winemaking:
Time in oak
: 5 months
Bottling: June 2012
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 13.0%

 

 


2005 Late Harvest Zinfandel

This very interesting Zinfandel comes from the Kidd Ranch in St. Helena. In 2005 I was lucky enough to purchase this fruit that came in at over 30 Brix and over 1.0 gm/100 mL total acidity, (these are numbers like you see in Auslese Riesling from Germany). I had only about 2 tons of the fruit so I decided to let it go and make a sweet wine.

The 2005 Late Harvest Zinfandel has an intense strawberry, black berry jam nose. The very lush, slightly sweet mouth has flavors of fresh strawberries and dried cherries, with hints of spice. This wine finishes with a crisp fruity blast. The light sweetness is balanced by the crisp natural acidity. This is a wonderful wine to have with a cheese course or some simple summer fruits.

Viticulture:
Appellation: 97.7% St. Helena
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel

 


Production: 181 cases, 375 ml
Release date: June 1, 2007

Winemaking:
Time in oak
: 11 months
Bottling: October 2006
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 15.9%
Residual Sugar: 4.2 gm/100mL
Titratable Acidity: 1.04gm/100mL

Aging potential: 5 to 7 years

 

Winemaking Styles and Strengths
With all my fruit sources. I am always seeking to produce wines with balance, wines that have strength and elegance which pair easily with food. For some, a preferred style of Zinfandel must be an overwhelming, jet black, fruit bomb that blows you away with intensity and alcohol. The risk is the loss of the ability to read a particular vineyard character. I truly believe there is an inherent elegance to Napa Valley Zinfandels, a trait that is regionally, if not vineyard, distinguishable.

The challenge is to really define that fruit driven elegance, to narrow or confine it down to an area or a vineyard that will reflect a unique taste profile. This true reflection is what I seek out with my particular vineyard choices.


How It's Done in the Cellar and in the Fields
Actually, not much is done in the cellar. With the right fruit, the wine only needs to be guided...the integrity of the grapes pulls through to the bottling and final pouring of my wines. I believe that minimal handling of the grapes and similar production methods are key to letting a particular vineyard and varietal reflection come through.

It is critical to closely monitor every vineyard in order to produce the best grapes possible. During crush I am in each vineyard checking sugars, acids, color and tastes to harvest the most balanced grapes possible. I take an active part in every vineyard stage whether it is canopy management, plantings, soil amendments, or pruning ideas. D-Cubed has worked with the same vineyard management crew for a several years, therefore a consistency of method and perspective is maintained. For me it is a very hands on, personal process; one that will continue to produce a better product if vineyard integrity is maintained.

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