2017 Calistoga Zinfandel


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One of the most underappreciated lessons of grape-growing is resilience:
turning obstacles into opportunity. In 2012 we began the first phase
of a comprehensive replant of the historic Montelena Estate vineyard.
As vines were removed and new blocks planted, we were simultaneously
filled with sadness but also hope for the future, especially in regards
to our Zinfandel. But amidst that internal dilemma, we recognized
an opportunity to create something wonderfully distinct and released
our Calistoga Zinfandel in 2013, as the intricate expression of our
vineyard and some of the most historic and well-regarded Zinfandel
plantings in Calistoga. It’s been a remarkable journey peppered with
plenty of 100 year old vines, new ideas in the cellar, and local heritage
that culminates with the 2017 vintage.

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Nose Brambly and dark with compounding waves of dried cherry, cedar, and Chinese five-spice, the wine opens with effusive fruit and, after a few moments, fresh roses.

Palate The energetic nature of the palate perfectly reflects the complexity of the growing season as bright acid contrasts black pepper, which yields to plenty of ripe raspberry and cherry candy. is in turn transitions
to fresh mint and abundant spicy cloves.

Finish It’s spice that drives the finish with tension and grace as the fine-grain tannins slowly give way to dark-roasted coffee bean and a hint of lemon zest.

Vintage Weather A wet winter, followed by a textbook temperate spring galvanized early growth in the vineyard. While the summer weather proved to be more turbulent with short periods of fog interspersed with persistent heat, the Zinfandel vines tend to be quite robust and even thrive during intense conditions. Making multiple passes to harvest selected fruit in the fall helped crystallize the dynamic nature of the vintage in the resulting wine.

Additional information

Harvest Dates

September 1 – October 1




100% Zinfandel/Primitivo

Barrel Aging

16 months in French, Irish and American Oak, 19% new

Bottling Date

April 2019

Release Date

Spring 2020


Matt Crafton


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