February 27, 2015
 

STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS, Calistoga

Benchmark Napa Zin. 

2012 Zinfandel 'Eastern Exposures'
Retail: $79.95 / btl (12 btls/cs)

12 cases available

 

Some of California's finest Zinfandel

This is a truly special, enchanted place at the northernmost end of the Napa Valley in Calistoga. The winery is located at the site of a vineyard originally planted in 1883, making it one of the oldest grape growing sites in California. Today the winery is run by the illustrious Dr Jerry Seps and his wife Sigrid. Dr Seps was a professor of European History at USC in 1976 when he and Sigrid bought the abandoned estate, replanting the 90-acre parcel entirely with Zinfandel. The vineyards at this mountaintop estate are all organically farmed. There is a diverse range of soil types (mostly volcanic) and various microclimates within the estate, resulting in some of the most compelling Zinfandel in California. All of the grapes are hand harvested and the wines are aged in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak in naturally temperature controlled, hand dug caves.

This wine is crafted using grapes from the estate's east-facing vineyards. The vines receive morning sun and therefore experience cooler temperatures, resulting in a wine that is aromatic and extremely elegant. As homage to the Northern Rhone, Dr. Seps adds a little Viognier to the blend to emphasize the bouquet of this beguiling wine. 

 

2012 Zinfandel 'Eastern Exposures'

Retail: $79.95 / btl (12 btls/cs)

Winemaker’s Note:
This special cuvee is to show just how elegant, fragrant and balanced Napa hillside Zinfandel can be... Berries with hints of flowers, minerals and spice in the aroma; multi-layered and rich flavor on the broad and supple mid palate; and an intense, clean and lingering impression on the finish...

91 Points — Connoisseur's Guide
True to form, the latest Storybook Mountain Zin is a wine that goes for fruity precision rather than blustery ripeness, and it shows the very clean, slightly claret-like lines that we have come to expect from its maker. It is light and yet nicely fruited on the nose but is comfortably filled out in the mouth, and its gentle sensation of tannic grip signals that, as usual, it should not be drunk down in a hurry. It will provide mannerly drinking in the short term, but as experience has proven, it will age gracefully for years to come.