Tofanelli Vineyards 2005 Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel
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Tofanelli Vineyards has been family owned and farmed since 1929. The historical vineyard now stands as one the last examples of pre-World War II grape growing. The methods they still use were once prevalent through-out the valley; no irrigation, an organic philosophy, and no trellis systems on the red varietals. 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.
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 black cherry fruit with some notes of cassis. We found the wine to have a good structure of acid and fruit tannin on the finish.
After 10 minutes in the glass we noticed a significant difference in the texture of the wine. We tasted the same pepper and dark berry flavors, but the wine took on a silkier, smoother texture in the mouth. We recommend an hour decanting period followed by a short time in the glass to extract the maximum taste and texture out of this wine. 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 21-30, 2005|
|Sugar at Harvest||24.7 degrees Brix|
|Fermentation||4 days with 2 punchdowns/day|
|Aging / Cooperage||16 months in French oak, 20% new|
|Alcohol||15.8% by volume|
|Acidity||PH = 3.64, TA = 0.61|
Exploding with classic Zin aromatics, one also detects scents of orange-dark chocolate and finely ground white pepper. Flavors of ripe mulberries layer with blackberry and cherry Heering. This wine begins with a brawniness, yet eases into an elegance as the tannins and acidity merge to a seamless finish. Enjoy this wine now and for the next 7 to 9 years.