2017 Mickey’s Block Zinfandel

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Dark crimson core with ruby rim.

    Nose
    Yarrow, barnyard, earth, embers, herbs, peat moss, blewit mushrooms, Tootsie roll, wet clay. Time in glass reveals savory baking spices and roasted meat on open fire.

    Palate
    Full body, jammy core, mid-palate punch dissipates slowly.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2028.

  • 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 volume
      15%
    • pH
      3.82
    • TA
      6.9 g/L
    • Production
      700 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our Mickey’s Block Zinfandel vineyard is located on the far west side of our property beside a seasonal stream at an elevation of 1100 ft. The soils are volcanic, rocky, and mineral rich, with ideal quantities of sand and clay. This tiny six-acre vineyard has long been coveted for its unusually small clusters and berry size, which provide maximum intensity due to the high ratio of skins to volume. Mickey’s Block is our only Zinfandel vineyard with a north-south orientation. Shaded in the morning, it gets the afternoon and evening sun, and is subject to a diurnal shift in temperature during the ripening season that allows us to gain maximal extraction and intensity.

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