2012 Highlands Zinfandel Napa Valley
2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel
Wine Philosophy: Highlands’ wines confirm that quality wine making starts in the vineyard. Every vintage presents unique opportunities to explore and express the best the fruit and terroir has to offer. To maximize vintage opportunities, Highlands focuses on small lot production using inspired and uncompromising winemaking techniques. Bottling wines of intensity and exceptional character demonstrates our commitment to excellence. We at Highlands appreciate your participation in our discriminating enological experience of hand crafted wines.
Food Pairings: This Zinfandel is particularly versatile, making it a good choice to pair with a wide variety of food, ranging from grilled meat like skirt steak, barbeque, or a burger to classics like beef stew or pork tenderloin to less obvious pairings like cheeses, a quiche Lorraine or onion tart.
Vintage Notes: The 2012 vintage was relief from the previous vintages by providing a classic, traditional California vineyard experience from bud break to harvest. Spring bud break was right on time without any adverse hail or frost, and flowed into stable flowering and uniform fruit set. The summer months were treated with consistent warm, but not hot, days and frequented by the desirable cool foggy nights. There was no early heavy rain to darken the experience but the grapes did feel some late light rain. This was fortunately followed by a stretch of drying warm days allowing for vineyards to ripen completely, finding their way to the crush pad in outstanding condition before the rains hit. The stage has been set to deliver some excellent wines.
Winemaker Notes: This wine is made from fruit of a very special “old vine Zinfandel” vineyard located in Oakville, Napa Valley, which is owned and farmed by the legendary Andy Hoxsey. During the ripening season the berries in this vineyard displayed a wide range of flavors. One berry tasted like ripe plums, another like bright cherries and another like berry jam. When the entire crop was blended during fermentation, a collection of delightful fruit flavors emerged.
Tasting Notes: This wine has aromas of plum and blackberries, spicy cinnamon and black pepper notes on the palate. Soft tannins linger on the finish. If decanted an hour or so prior to consumption to allow the wine to breathe, these flavors will become more pronounced and the wine will develop both aromatic and flavor complexity.
Cellaring: This Zinfandel rewards some patience. Not only is it delicious now, but it will gain additional layers of complexity with a few years of cellaring. We recommend enjoying some now and laying down a couple of bottles to taste in a few years. You will be rewarded with a wine that still retains the spicy vibrancy of youth, but which has seamlessly integrated into velvety tannins that give the wine its exceptional structure.
Fermentation Small Stainless Steel Tanks
Aging 22 months in 33% new French and American Oak Barrels
Varietal 100% Zinfandel
Appellation 100% Hoxsey Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley
Production 185 Cases
TA 6.1 g/L