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The nearly opaque color of the Papera immediately intrigues the senses. The nose is stunning with brooding elements of loganberry and boysenberry, and an exotic element of India ink. […]Read More
|Barrel Description||25% new, 25% 1yr, 25% 2 yr., 25% 3+ yr.|
|Barrel Aged||14 months|
The nearly opaque color of the Papera immediately intrigues the senses. The nose is stunning with brooding elements of loganberry and boysenberry, and an exotic element of India ink. Beneath the fruit are beautifully integrated notes of vanilla, nut spices and hints of anise, fennel, and underbrush. The palate is equally exciting and is driven by the refreshing acidity through the finish. Blackberry cobbler and blood orange peel are interlaced with star anise and cocoa powder flavors. The tannins are robust in this wine but seamlessly integrate within the architecture of this outstanding effort. This is old vine Zinfandel at its best and can be enjoyed now but will benefit from some age.
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.