The 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a blend of three very special vineyards. The first, the Luvisi vineyard, was planted in 1908 and is located just across the street from the winery. The other two are blocks of the Frediani Vineyard, also located in Calistoga, about 200 yards south of the winery on the Silverado Trail. The “old” Frediani vineyard block was planted sometime in the 1940s and the “new” block was planted in the 1950s. All three vineyards are head-trained and dry-farmed, thus yielding small, very concentrated Zinfandel grapes.
Each vineyard block was harvested and fermented separately. The clusters were all hand sorted before being destemmed into small open-top fermenters, and punched-down twice daily by hand. Following fermentation and pressing, they were inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down. The barrels used were 30% new American oak from the Demptos cooperage, and 70% two to three year old French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 16 months. Due to spring frosts, only 420 cases produced.