2015 Kuleto Estate Zinfandel, Napa Valley
This 2015 Zinfandel exudes aromas of pine nut, sweet corn, chocolate covered cherry and black spice. The palate is soft yet structured with flavors of red fruits, black pepper, and cured meat. The flavor and texture taper off slowly on the finish. There is a bit of alcohol in this quaffable beauty, so we recommend serving it at about 65-68- degrees for maximum pleasure.
14 months in 20% new Hungarian Oak 500L puncheons
With our Estate Zinfandel, we’re never trying to swing for the fences to create an over-ripe Port-like wine. We produce other varieties on the property that can satisfy anyone in need of wines of that flavor profile and stature. Rather, we prize Zinfandel for its big fruit character, crazy spiciness, and juicy acidity. This we capture by not letting the fruit get too ripe, by picking it hot and soaking it warm overnight, and by employing a very long cool fermentation. The essence of the variety and vintage is further preserved by aging it without racking in larger 500L barrels, or puncheons.
We in the Napa Valley have suffered an embarrassment of riches in terms of having a string of exceptional vintages in recent years. Starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015, each has provided near ideal conditions for ripening fruit perfectly.
Only 247 cases produced