2012 Foley Johnson Handmade Zinfandel, Napa Valley
A two year-old puncheon was selected for this year’s Handmade Zinfandel for its perfect balance of wine and wood. You’ll notice the wine’s relatively pale color. That is a result of the very long cool fermentation (40 plus days). Red fruit and spice flavors are produced under these conditions. Aromas of raspberry, fresh red currants, and freshly ground red peppercorns dominate the nose. Serve this wine very slightly chilled to maximize its enjoyment.
15 months in Hungarian oak 500 l puncheons
Vintage 2012 was ‘perfect’ by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. Kuleto Estate employs a non-traditional approach to its Zinfandel winemaking. Rather than running fermentation temperatures up to 90+ degrees, which would extract the harsh seed tannins of Zin along with the raisin or prune flavors of the ever-present raisins trapped inside of the clusters, a long, cool fermentation is used to extract only from the freshest of berries. Press wine is rarely included – again to avoid picking up anything other than pure, ripe fruit flavors. Once the wine is drained from tank, it is aged in 132 gallon ‘puncheons’ rather than 59 gallon barrels to keep oxidation to a minimum and to lessen the flavor impact of the barrel on the wine.
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, the estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. The soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that the property is delineated into more than 100 micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site. Produced by guest winemaker Dave Lattin, this wine shows the clarity and structure typical of its warm climate origins.
Only 75 cases produced