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Wine Name: Black Sears Zinfandel
Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Napa Valley (AVA)
Sub-Appellation: Howell Mountain
Vineyard: Black Sears Vineyard
Suggested Retail Price: $ 42
Alcohol Content: 15.1%
Cases Produced: 296
Winemaker: Ted Lemon
Winemaker Tasting Notes: A warm 2006 summer was welcome news for the Black Sears Zinfandel. Both July and August were consistently fine. The weather pattern changed I September to cooler than normal temperatures, but this was perfect as it gave the fruit longer time to hang on the vine and gain complexity. The vineyard was harvested on October 2nd. Usually the Zinfandels from Black Sears have a significant tannin backbone. The 2006 vintage is an exception to that rule. The long arm summer and extended hang time gave the tannins plenty of time to mature and the resulting wine is wonderfully soft. One finds aromas of Damson and Santa Rosa plum as well as blueberry and sweet cinnamon and clove. With air, lavender and rose petal appear and finally, the characteristic orange zest which is one of the signature aromatic notes in zinfandels from this property. The wine is rich, sweet and full without being overly heavy and it has such integrated, smooth tannins that it has been a pleasure to taste since the day it finished fermenting. It will be very enjoyable immediately and will show well for another 5 years. The goal of the Black Sears family is to produce estate bottled Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon which are an uncompromising expression of the terroir of Howell Mountain and this extraordinary estate.
Release Date: 10/08
Sold Out: no

Winery Location Region: Napa Valley

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