Tofanelli Vineyards 2005 Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

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.

Tasting Notes

  • SS: Very smooth, coats your mouth. Dark color and pepper nose. Tasted black cherry. Really smoothed out after a little time in the glass.
  • RLA: Cherry and casis nose and taste. Full-body but smooth, especially after some time in the glass.
  • BM: Very nice, smooth wine. Medium bodied with a very long finish. Let it sit in the glass for a while and you get a smoother wine.
  • LM: Very big wine flavor and arouma to begin. Returned 10 minutes later to find a completly different wine. That’s the single biggest change in a wine I’ve ever tasted. Buttery in the mouth, I found cherry and Jasmine in the nose. Medium bodied with a very long finish.
  • RA: Complex and decadent flavors, a little young but should age well.
  • MA: This wine exhibits aromas of dark berries, red currant and straw. The aromas lead to an explosion of pure dark cherry fruit and pepper in the mouth, backed by a firm structure. The essence of this wine continues over the palate with more fruit on the finish

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Zinfandel
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

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

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.

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