2016 Collins Holystone Zinfandel
Blend Composition | 100% Zinfandel
Appellation | St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | September 1
Finished pH | 3.77
Finished TA | 6.1 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.0%
Production | 235 cases
Despite the ongoing statewide drought, Napa Valley received close to average rainfall in 2015-16. More than 12” fell in March 2016, ensuring that the vines had ample water as they emerged from dormancy. The growing season was considerably cooler than in the previous two vintages, allowing us to harvest beautifully ripened grapes at the end of a long growing season.
Grapes for this wine come from a neighboring vineyard owned by the Collins family. These gnarly vines, planted on a cobbly swale in 1923 were hand-picked and gently destemmed without crushing, and then fermented in open-top fermenters for three weeks, receiving two or three punch-downs per day. It then aged in French oak for 16 months.
This powerfully aromatic wine is redolent of blackberry, blueberry, spice, roses, and melted chocolate. On the palate, it delivers black cherry, chocolate, strawberry and pomegranate notes with a hint of coffee. The complex, interweaving flavors are indicative of the 93-year-old vines from which we produced this wine. The fine tannins imbue it with a satiny texture and carry the wine through to a long, satisfying finish that will surely encourage you to reach for another glass.
Pair with Bolognese with prosciutto and pork, or steak Diane.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker