Tofanelli Vineyards -
2006 Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel
2006 Napa Valley Estate Charbono
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This week, Indie Winemakers is offering hand-crafted artisan wines produced by Tofanelli Family Vineyards. Both the Zinfandel and Charbono are from the same old vine (planted in 1929) vineyard managed by the Tofanelli's for 3 generations. Pick one or try both! Indie Winemakers has obtained a very small allocation for this featured wine. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Tofanelli Vineyards has been family owned and farmed since 1929. Given the reputation of the vines and the limited production of the winery, Tofanelli vineyards sells some fruit to other wineries such as Turley, Spottswoode, Schrader, Orin-Swift, Neyers and Duckhorn.
Consisting mostly of Bale Series, gravelly loam, it drains well and doesn't retain nutrients. The effect is natural devigoration that results in smaller, more concentrated clusters of fruit. Wines produced from this site are organically grown and dry farmed. Rootstock includes St. George, 1103 Paulsen and 110 Rupestrus.
The 05 Zinfandel was tasted on December 13, 2008 by a panel of 8 tasters in a blind tasting format and paired with Crown Roast Of Pork With Wild Rice Stuffing.
These magnificent dry farmed vines are a living testament to the unique combination of this old Zinfandel clone grafted to St. George rootstock. The result of this dry farmed effort is a powerfully built old vine zin. The initial taste is packed with pepper and rich raspberry jam. We found the wine to have a good structure of acid and fruit tannin on the finish.
We did not have the Charbono for the blind tasting. Dont forget to allow the wine to breathe and open up (maybe a splash decant) before consuming. This Zinfandel can be cellared for 2-5 years. The pork went well with this Zinfandel but the wild rice stuffing really brought out the best in the pairing. The Madiera wine sauce poured over the pork and rice also added nice acidity.
|Wine Profile Style|
|Light Bodied||Medium Bodied||Full Bodied|
|Drink Now (0-3 yrs)||Will Age (3-5 yrs)||Will Age (8-10 yrs)|
|Slightly Fruity||Fruity||Very Fruity|
|No Tannins||Softer Tannins||Heavier Tannins|
|Low Acidity||Medium Acidity||High Acidity|
|No Residual Sugar Dry||Off Dry||Sweet|
Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.
|Appelation||100% Tofanelli and DiGiulio Ranch Vineyard, Napa Valley|
|Harvest Dates||Handpicked September 22 & 29, and October 2, 2006|
|Yeast||None, native wild yeast on grape skins|
|Fermentation||4 days with 2 punchdowns/day|
|Aging / Cooperage||20 months in French oak, 25% new|
|Alcohol||15.9% by volume|
|Irrigation||none - dry farmed|