2018 Bread & Butter Napa Valley Zinfandel
18 months on 40% new French Oak
This is a fruit-driven wine with lifted aromas and flavors of juicy boysenberry, Bing cherry, warm spices, white pepper, vanilla and sweet toasty oak. The voluminous mouthfeel combines with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, and leads to a long, flavorful finish.
Zinfandel from Napa Valley is beloved for its power, red fruit notes, dusty tannins and structure. This wine is special because it is becoming more and more rare to find Zinfandel in the Napa Valley. Wines from Oak Knoll have a bright character with elegant notes.
The 2018 growing season in Napa valley was steady with great conditions for growing all varieties. The beautiful conditions kicked off with a sunny spring that led to the vines flowering uniformly and ensuring even cluster development. Summer temperatures were steady, and the Valley befitted from a long, slow Harvest without heat spikes or rain. The grapes for this wine experienced extended hang time with warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to reach their full ripeness and expression. The complex, layered and high-quality wines of this vintage, especially the powerful reds which will continue to age gracefully, will be remembered and celebrated in years to come.
Aging Potential 7-10 years