The Bernier-Sibary ‘Zinyard’ yields fruit with focused, lively flavors. Harvested at the same time and fermented together, the Petite Sirah and Carignane add color and mid-palate strength to complement the brambly, complex flavors. Slightly acidic, fine loamy soils formed from sandstone and found mainly in steep mountainous areas encourage the development of small berries with tempered acidity and weighty tannin structure.
2017 was exceptionally low yielding. The growing season started off well with full reservoirs and replenished soils. The cons: inconsistent weather patterns and extreme heat spikes resulting in reduced fruit set. The pros: temperate summer days right before harvest and cool nights fostered good flavor development while keeping sugars down and acids intact. Both challenging and rewarding, the end result was a small crop of excellent quality.
PRODUCTION NOTES: Aged 7 months in 25% new French oak and another 11 months in neutral French oak.
BEST ENJOYED: 3 to 6 years from vintage date (or if you can’t wait, decant and drink now).
NOSE: Crushed raspberries, blackberry coulis, plum and petrichor. Big aromatics.
TASTE: Complexity abounds; initial burst of berry fruitiness gives way to sweet spice and freshly picked nectarines. A lovely, old-fashioned field blend that shows Zin can be straightforward yet elegant.
MOUTHFEEL: World-class oak and traditional winemaking techniques yield balanced tannins with a crisp mid-palate. As full bodied as Nalle gets!
FINISH: Weighty tannin structure, refreshing acidity, and complex flavors yield to a long finish.
VARIETAL: Dry-farmed using organic practices, this hillside field blend is comprised of 80% Zin, 10% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignane.
Bottled March, 2019
Case Count 168
TA 6.6 g/L