2014 Recluse Zinfandel

  • Tasting Notes

    Color recalls our 1996 Napa Zin, translucent garnet with soft scarlet rim. Billowing nose of rose perfume, potpourri, and Chinese five-spice precedes a lush backdrop of Bing cherry cola. Blue, black, and vibrant red fruit notes derive from adjacent Mickey’s and Rosemary’s blocks, softening into cherry and raspberry and ultimately revealing Westside’s characteristic strawberry bouquet. An evocative citrus element of orange Creamsicle (which occurs periodically in our Zins) mixes with traces of cocoa nib, cigar box, and flint. Mouthfeel is silky, generous, and remarkably elegant—a timeless beauty. Drink now through 2026.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Westside Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      24 months in 50/50 French/American oak (30% new)
    • Alcohol
      15% by vol.
    • Production
      300 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our Recluse Zinfandel project represents a case study in the remarkably malleable nature of Zinfandel and its capacity to respond to lavish attention. We conceived of this “reserve” line of Zins with the intention of pushing the limits of refinement by using grapes that are hand-selected for their small size and deep intensity of flavor, and treating them to extended barrel aging in the finest French and American oak. The resulting wines demonstrate the capacity of Zinfandel, a distinctly new world varietal, to manifest lush texture and earthy old world characteristics. 

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