About Napa Cellars 2015 Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Started by Rombauer back in the 80's Napa Cellars is now owned by the Trinchero Family Estate. As a result they are able to source premium Napa fruit from their almost 300 acres of estate vineyards in Napa Valley. That's really what makes this wine stand out and why it's so good. Zinfadel used to be much more widely planted in Napa Valley, today it only totals roughly 2% of total acreage but there are still some prime blocks, so grapes for this Zin are carefully hand-selected from vineyards in St. Helena, Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga where they've located complex and concentrated fruit. After a three day cold soak, designed to extract color from the skins, the grapes are pressed early to avoid extracting harsh tannins. A blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah, following a maceration period lasting from 7 to 15 days, the lots are aged in 42% new French and American oak barrels for 19 months.
James Suckling scored this 91 points saying "A lighter-fruited nose more in the red-berry spectrum but with lovely bay leaf, vanilla and spice box. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Fresh and delicious. Drink now."
and Wine Enthusiast also scored it 91 saying "A broad-shouldered, fruit-forward wine with plenty of ripeness, this is blended with a hearty 15% Petite Sirah. Cherry, blackberry, vanilla and peppery cinnamon take turns on the rich, concentrated palate, finishing on an oaky tone."