Clif Family Winery
2017 Estate Zinfandel
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Napa Valley, CA
Region: Napa Valley, CA
Holiday 2020 Wine Club Release
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This wine is part of the Holiday 2020 Wine Club Release. The Angel Bonus Offer is included with a Library Club Membership.
- Color: medium scarlet
- Aromas: ripe raspberry, bing cherry, fig, red licorice, wet leaves, anise, eucalyptus
- Palate: blueberry, plum, coffee bean, soft tannins
Tasting notes by Ivy Phanith, Social Media Guru and Sommelier in Training
RegionNapa Valley, CA
Aging PotentialWill age gracefully for another 8-12 years
About the Winemaker:
Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.
Home Vineyard, Howell Mountain
About the Vineyard:
Clif Family Winery 2017 Zinfandel comes from their Home Vineyard, located at the Clif Family Farm at 1170 ft elevation on the north side of Howell Mountain. This 1.2 acre vineyard is planted to both the DuPratt and Hearts Desire Clones. We have named this site “Le Colline,” Italian for the hills. The combination of the volcanic soil profile and the climate influence of Pope Valley make this an ideal site for ripening Zinfandel.
Additional Winemaker Notes:
Hand harvested in the cool morning hours, the fruit is hand sorted before and after the destemmer. After a three day cold soak, the juice is inoculated with cultured yeast. During fermentation, temperature and extraction are carefully managed. The wine is then pressed off the skins and placed in French oak barrels for aging. Aged 15 months in 20% new French Oak barrels.
Food Pairing Suggestions:Ripe plum and blackberry notes make this Zinfandel a great wine to pair with barbeque and summer picnics. Try it with Smoked Brisket, BBQ Ribs and burgers. Also a nice match to Chili and skirt steak
About the Winery
Clif Family Winery Most of us are familiar with Clif Bars. It may even be common knowledge that Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford started the business out of their garage. What is impressive to learn, however, is the wide-ranging lifestyle brand Clif Family has grown into, including an expanded line of healthy food products, Clif Family Winery, Clif Family Tasting Room, the Bruschetteria Food Truck, and Clif Family Napa Valley artisan food products. Learn more