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Storybook ‘Eastern Exposure’ Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2016

This special cuvee is presented to show just how elegant, fragrant, and balanced Napa hillside Zinfandels can be. Storybook Mountain is a winery totally dedicated to Zinfandel and has established a worldwide reputation for consistently high quality. The Zinfandel tradition began at Storybook Mountain in the early 1880s when its red clay-loam hillsides in the Mayacamas Range were first planted to this varietal. Here, the perfect match of estate and grape allows Zinfandel to show its true potential. It is a step beyond vineyard specific designation and represents style as much as place. It is the balance and finesse of east facing vineyards that give the wine its name. They are aged at least 12 months in the best French and American oak barrels, inside century-old caves dug deep into the mineral-rich volcanic rock underlying the hand-tended vineyard. Proprietor Jerry Seps’ Zinfandels are famed for elegance and longevity. Raspberries, black cherries and spice are the keynote of these complex, well balanced wines.

The selection criteria further emphasize aroma, middle-palate, and finish – berries with hints of flowers, minerality, and spice in the aroma; multi-layered and rich flavor on the broad and supple middle palate; Its’ finish is intense, clean, yet lingering. A touch of Viognier is added to enhance the intriguingly exotic and sensual quality of this very special wine.

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