While shopping for that perfect Thanksgiving Pinot at JV Wine & Spirits in Napa, we inquired about other great drinking wines for under $30. When the recommendation of a zinfandel came our way, we were certainly a bit skeptical–zin is not typically a varietal we seek out, but we thought we’d give this one a shot.
The 2003 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel retails for about $28 per 750ml bottle. In the glass, it was a deep ruby color and had rich, fruity scents of cherry and hints of the typical zinfandel ‘tar’ on the nose. The wine is full bodied and we found it to have a subtle, spicy undertone that provided a good balance for the dark fruit flavors–and the long finish certainly left us wanting more. The wine was well structured, and it needed to be due to the fact that it is 15.1% alcohol.
There were 1,350 cases of this wine produced–here are details from Hendry Ranch on the make-up of Block 28:
Hendry Block 28 is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. This 4.17 acre block is 160 feet above sea level and has thin, stony Boomer Series soils. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate the maritime climate. The vines were planted in 1995 using St. George roots and grafted with bud wood selected from an old vine Zinfandel vineyard. The vines are spaced 6.9′ x 5′, cordon trained and spur pruned. A vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy.
Overall, the ’03 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel was solid and is something that we’ll certainly have again. We’ll give it 3.5 out of 5 corks. It’ll go quite well with any grilled dish and has us longing for those warm summer days spent sipping wine and barbecuing.
You can check out the wine’s profile here.
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