2018 Foley Johnson Handmade Zinfandel, Napa Valley
A vibrant ruby red color in the glass, our 2018 Foley Johnson Handmade Zinfandel opens with big bold blackberry notes followed by winter pine aromas. On the palate perfectly ripe plum flavors are accompanied by full soft tannins.
94% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah
December 9, 2019
At Foley Johnson, we take non-traditional approach to 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 for 24 months in 20% new American and Hungarian oak barrels.
Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa, the Sage Canyon Vineyard is among hundreds of 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.