Tofanelli 2014 Zinfandel "Estate" Napa Valley



The Story: Vince grew up in an Italian family – LOTS of food and WINE!  His grandfather introduced him at a very young age to wine (he would pour a little vino in his water), and that led to an early introduction, and later education as winemaker crafting great wines and tending to this amazing vineyard.  The historical vineyard stands as one of the last examples of pre-World War II grape growing. The methods Vince still uses were once prevalent throughout the valley; no irrigation (not even a drip line to be seen, with an organic philosophy - he never jumped on the 'bandwagon' of post-war pesticides).


The Wine:  The 85 year old vines (planted 1929) are still producing amazing fruit and Vince knows best!  The 2014 vintage is a big, bold dense Zinfandel that is oozing with lush black currant, black berry, anise and a hint of toasty vanilla. The Tofanelli 2014 Zin offers  intense, opulent black stone fruit and licorice aromatics that jump out of the glass and lead into a full body flavor pool of black currants, berries and subtle black pepper spice.  Well-rounded and amazingly crafted.  

Robert Parker 91 Points:  “Zinfandel has always been a top-flight candidate from this vineyard, and offers loads of full-bodied, briar fruit, some spice box, incense and baking spices. It is dense and ruby/purple, full-bodied, powerful and best drunk over the next 3-4 years” 
Production  286 cases.

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Winery: Tofanelli