2016 Mickey’s Block Zin

  • Tasting Notes

    Unlike our 2016 Rosemary’s Block Zin this wine is reticent on both nose and palate until it’s held you captive a good fifteen minutes while its slow striptease reveals endless surprising layers. Brooding in every sense, from its deep plum color to its tight nose and palate, its opening foray on the nose is a punch of petrol fused with wet earth that gradually lifts to reveal herbaceous notes of eucalyptus and bayleaf, with a trace of graphite/gunpowder. Palate notes are dominated by not-quite-ripe blackberry and drunken plum. Secondary bouquet of vanilla, cotton candy, and s’mores evokes a phantom hint of chocolate. Sustained swirling and sniffing raise a fleeting waft of perfume along with late notes of spicebox and allspice. Mouthfeel is weighty and finish lingers with a slight grip. Calls for protracted exploration. Drink now through 2024+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Mickey's Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol by vol.
      15.3% by vol.
    • Production
      625 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our Mickey’s Block Zinfandel is named for Mom’s brother, our Uncle Mickey, whose home in Sacramento served as Mom’s first “Airbnb” when she fled the frigid climes of Michigan post-college to study healthcare administration in California. Situated toward the west side of our property and almost entirely unsheltered, this vineyard is subject to some of the most intense rainfall we see on our property. Consequently, Mickey’s crop is generally the lightest, which means accelerated ripening and higher sugar content—which in turn yields its hallmark blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry characteristics.

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