Zinfandels from the Napa Valley









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2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel
2008 Korte Ranch, St. Helena Zinfandel
2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah
2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel
2007 Brown Vineyard Zinfandel
2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
2007 Korte Ranch Zinfandel
2005 Zinfandel Dessert Wine
2008 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
D-cubed Cellars 2007 Vintage is a well rounded and balanced vintage. The wines all have a brightness from the fruit and some nice acid balance to give them all some length on the palate. The only change in the collection of wines is that the wine that was called St. Helena is now called Korte Ranch, St. Helena giving this great old vineyard it's proper due! From a green perspective the Black Sears Vineyard is that it is now being farmed following Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamic principles, and all the other vineyards are sustainably farmed so that we will be able to bring you wines for many vintages to come!


2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel

The D-cubed Cellars 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel has bright black cherry and cassis fruit with hints of sage, vanilla, and black pepper. This wine is silky wine with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of cherries, raspberries, vanilla and hits of oak and toast make it a joy to taste. The long fruity finish leaves you with almost candied raspberries but is dry and fresh.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: : 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 1,184 cases
Release date: November 1, 2012

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
14 months
Bottling: January 2011
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.4%

Aging potential: 5 to 7 years

 

Score: 91
Wine Spectator Nov 30, 2012 Score: 91 A zesty and balanced red, offering savory raspberry and licorice aromas and layered cherry, sage and cracked pepper flavors that are ripe yet focused, with briary tannins. Drink now through 2017. –TF


2008 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 2008 Korte Ranch Zinfandel has very bright aromas of raspberries, blackberries, black pepper and, vanilla.  There is a smoothness from the balance of acids and tannins.  The flavors are of raspberry, vanilla, hints of oak and other spices. The fresh flavors linger over the long smooth finish. 

Viticulture:
Appellation
: 100% Napa Valley
Sub appellations:St Helena, Pope Valley
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel
Production: 201 cases
Release date: March 1, 2012

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
13 months
Bottling: January 2010
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 15.2%

Aging potential: 5 to 7 years

 

Score: 91 | $32
Wine Spectator October 31, 2011
D-CUBED CELLARS Zinfandel Korte Ranch, St. Helena 2008

Supple yet bold and zesty, offering black cherry and toasty oak aromas, with layered wild berry, caramel and smoky cracked pepper flavors. The tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 200 cases made. - TF


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


2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel

The 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel is blended from 39% Brown Vineyards, 34% Cypress Ranch and 24% Black Sears Zinfandels and 3% Morrison Petite Sirah.  These four vineyards Valley all contribute to make this a tasty, balanced and classic Napa Valley Zinfandel.

The 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel has cherry fruit and raspberry fruit with hits of black pepper, sage and vanilla.  This medium bodied zinfandel has wonderful balance of acid, tannins and alcohol and flavors of berries, cherries and pepper.  The long finish is fruity, with a nice acid balance and hints of oak.

Viticulture:
Appellation
: : 97% Napa Valley
Sub appellations: Chiles Valley, Pope Valley, Howell Mountain
Varietal Content: 97% Zinfandel
Production: 936 cases
Release date: October 1, 2011

Winemaking:
Time in oak:
14 months
Bottling: January 2010
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.2%

Aging potential: 5 to 7 years

 

Score: 91 | $27
Wine Spectator October 31, 2011
D-CUBED CELLARS Zinfandel Napa Valley 2008

Sleek and jammy, offering bright black raspberry and smoky pepper aromas, with layered flavors of briary cherry and toasty anise. Drink now through 2016. 936 cases made. - TF


Wine and Spirits Magazine Score 92
D-Cubed 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel (Best Buy)

Supple and elegant in it’s black and red cherry fruit flavors, this wine’s tannins layer herbal and chocolate scents into the fruit. Those tannins are round but potent, with a mouthwatering nimeral character that gains dimention as the wine broadens with air. This will benefit from several years in the cellar, or from long decanting before dinner with roast lamb.


91D-CUBED Zinfandel Napa Valley 2008 $27.00

Here is the kind of keenly defined, beautifully balanced Zin that reminds just how good the grape can be. It leads with complex, nicely layered aromas of berries, hints of root beer and a touch of dusty spice, and its deep flavors are right in step. It is intense, yet it is remarkably trim and tailored with integral tannins and lingering, well-extracted fruit buffering its scant edge of heat. It will be hard to resist in the short term, but it is a wine that will age famously.

Reviewed: January 2012


2007 Brown Vineyard Zinfandel

The 2007 Brown Vineyards Zinfandel has a deep cherry red color. The aromas are of dark cherries and strawberries with black pepper, vanilla and nutmeg. This vintage has a medium full body with soft lush tannins and a silky mouth-feel. The flavors are clean cherry fruit a mouthful of spices. The 2007 Brown Vineyards is lush and mouth-filling without big tannins. The finish is of cherries, vanilla and spice.

Viticulture:
Appellation:
100% Napa Valley, Chiles Valley
Vineyards: Brown Vineyards 100%
Varietal Content: 100% Zinfandel

Production: 196 cases
Release date: October 1, 2010

Winemaking:
Time in oak
:11 months French and American
Alcohol: 14.8%


Aging potential:
7-10 years

 

2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel:

The 2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel is blended from two vineyards, Slaybaugh Ranch at 1800 ft and Black Sears Vineyard at 2400 ft, both well above the morning fog of Napa Valley. The altitude and unique soils of Howell Mountain help to create intense and complex wines. This wine shows the terroir it was born from while maintaining elegance and grace.

D-cubed Cellars 2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel has aromas of raspberry, and dark cherries with white pepper and hints of wild mushrooms. This Howell Mountain wine has rich body and medium-full tannins that fill the mouth nicely. There are wonderful flavors of raspberries, porcini mushrooms and cigar box. The wine finishes long and rich with flavors of berries and cedar.



Viticulture:
Appellation:
96% Howell Mountain, 4% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah
Production: 573 cases
Release date: September 1, 2010

Winemaking:
Time in oak
:11 months French and American
Bottling: September 2008
Fining: No fining
Filtration: One polish filtration
Alcohol: 14.5%
Aging potential: 5 to 7 years

 

2007 Korte Ranch, St. Helena Zinfandel

For the third vintage of Dcubed Cellars St. Helena Zinfandel we have added the Korte Ranch name as a vineyard designation, to honor this great old vineyard.. 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 2007 Korte Ranch Zinfandel is a very intense wine with aromas of raspberries, blackberries, cardamom and, vanilla. The wine is very rich in the mouth with exquisite balance. The flavors are of raspberry, vanilla, hints of oak and other spices. The fresh flavors linger over the long smooth finish.



Viticulture:
Appellation: 96% St. Helena, 4% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah


Production: 252 cases
Release date: October 1, 2010

Winemaking:
Time in oak
: 12 months
Bottling: September 2008
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.3%

Aging potential: 5 to 7 years
 

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

 

2008 Napa Valley Primitivo

The Dcubed Cellars 2006 Primitivo is the third vintage of this fun wine. The Primitivo comes from the Cypress Ranch in Pope Valley (the back-side of Howell Mountain). Primitivo a less vigorous clone of Zinfandel that is grown in Italy and pairs well with similar foods.


Dcubed 2008 Napa Valley Primitivo has aromas of strawberries and wild blackberries with mushrooms and hints of black pepper. The medium full body has smooth tannins and flavors of berries, black pepper and earth, finishing with berries and a little bit of tannins as a primitive wine should. Please enjoy the similarities and differences of Primitivo with Zinfandel.

Viticulture:
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Content: 94.5% Primitivo, 5.5% Zinfandel

Production: 200 cases
Release date: October 1, 2010

Winemaking:
Time in oak
: 11 months
Bottling: September 2010
Fining: No fining
Alcohol: 14.1%

Aging potential: 4 to 6 years

 


91 D-CUBED Primitivo Zinfandel Napa Valley 2008 $25.00 GOOD VALUE
From its defined, ripe-berry aromas to its well-balanced palate and its insistent, long-lasting finish, this very confident wine hits all the right varietal marks and does so without concessions to overdone ripeness. Its deep and unwavering fruit comes with a trim of sweet oak and mildly briary spice, and its combination of stamina and real reserve puts it on an age worthy track with five or more years of very rewarding growth ahead.
Reviewed: May 2011

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.