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Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012

Wine & Spirits 94pts:

If you were to come back as a vine, Jerry Seps' steep hillside vineyard would be a pretty tempting place to put down roots. His vineyard faces north toward Mount St. Helena and east toward the Palisades - not a house or a road in sight, only trees, meadows and craggy rocks left by the volcano. Ideally, you'd come back as a zinfandel vine. The vineyard's cool morning sun and volcanic soils grow zin with racy energy, a sensation that's captured beautifully in this 2013. With air, the wine transforms all of its blueberry flavor, peachy red fruit and youthful oak into something finer, opening over the course of several days toward mouthwatering flavors of fresh-picked black raspberries and bright, rustic mineral notes that seem patterned after the volcanic rock.

Connoisseurs Guide 90pts:

It’s young and it’s deep; it’s nicely focused on bright blackberry fruit and it’s tight but promising, and that is just in its mid-volume aromas. The tight aspect comes doubly into play in the mouth where tannin and acidity combine to add coarse, grabby impressions that interrupt the wine’s fairly likeable fruit and consign the wine to the cellar. Time is absolutely of the essence here, and given the remarkable Storybook Mountain track record with its Zins, we have nothing but full confidence in this one’s ability to reach great heights.

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Category: 2012, 90+ points, California

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