2014 Chiles Valley Zinfandel Etched 3-Liter {Double Magnum}

  • Tasting Notes

    ​BLACK FRIDAY PRICE $399, SHIPPING INCLUDED {regularly $495, member discounts do not apply}

    Equivalent of 4 standard bottles, etched gold label + winemaker signature.

    Across the board our 2014 Zinfandels were characterized by maximal color and flavor extraction, making this a vintage for the ages. In the glass this 2014 Chiles Valley Zin is crystal clear with a black rose core and electric garnet rim. Nose is a pleasing burst of cherry Jolly Rancher and caramel-coated apple, with secondary notes of smokey herb encrusted Bucheron, pipe tobacco, saddle, and damp earth overlaying a familiar bouquet of English rose and hibiscus flower, exotic spice, cardamom, sorrel, and pimento. Luscious mouthfeel lingers amidst a finish of baked plantain, cocoa, and a flourish of pepper. Drink now through 2030.

  • Specs
    • ​BLACK FRIDAY PRICE $399, SHIPPING INCLUDED {regularly $495, member discounts do not apply}
    • Equivalent of 4 standard bottles, etched gold label + winemaker signature.
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate — Chiles Valley Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol by vol.
      14.8%
    • Production
      24 bottles in 3L format
  • Background

    BLACK FRIDAY PRICE $399, SHIPPING INCLUDED {regularly $495, member discounts do not apply}

    Equivalent of 4 standard bottles, etched gold label + winemaker signature.

    This wine hails from a vineyard that is singular on our property because of its location in a riparian zone. A blue-line streambed runs along one side, wedging between two steep hillsides to mimic a pass or gorge and creating a wind tunnel effect. Thanks to this waterway and an old chicken coop that predated our purchase of the property, the soils here are especially fertile. At only 2.5 acres, this vineyard is the most vigorous one we farm, demanding special care and faithful thinning. After the sun comes up, it beams down – almost in a magnified fashion – into the pass where this vineyard sits, giving it intense early morning exposure. Because it enjoys that first light, it is the first of our mature Zinfandel vines to bud break, and thus has the longest growing season among our Zinfandel blocks. That extra week or two of ripening helps to intensify the very distinct peppery/spicy flavor profile that is this wine’s hallmark.

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