2009 Zinfandel - Napa Valley
California: Napa Valley
Back in the Saddle
Very Highly Recommended, today’s exceptional 2009 Saddleback Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel is a truly fantastic wine that our entire tasting panel went wild for. Dark, complex, delicious and very robust, this remarkable Zinfandel won’t last the day.
Nils Venge, the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 Point Score, once again shows us why he is so respected and revered. Today’s wine is such a wonderful, delicious treat and we can’t help but hoard a few cases for ourselves. Hopefully you’ll leave us a few!
Pair with tangy BBQ, a juicy cheeseburger or thick grilled steak!
Beautifully deep ruby hues with perfect clarity, a condensed color from core to edge. Swirl the wine and tall, skinny, branching legs fall from high on the glass wall.
Warm and very fragrant with a bold rush of ripe blackberry, black cherry, bramble, sweet brown spice, cigar box, sweet tobacco leaf and black pepper.
Juicy mixed berries and spice, with bold blackberry, blueberry, wild strawberry, dark raspberry and and sweet cigar box out in front. As the wine opens up, these initial flavors are joined by more subtle flavors of leather, black cherry and very subtle anise.
Super long, with dark juicy berry fruit sustaining for a very long time. These rich fruit flavors gradually yield to earthy flavors, minerals and soft spice, with an elegant dryness coming at the very end.
What the Winery Says
Nils Venge has been making Zinfandel since 1992. The majority of each vintage has come from Zinfandel grapes grown on the floor of the Napa Valley near St. Helena, California. In 1994, an additional small lot of grapes came from the Monte Rosso vineyard in Sonoma which is owned by the Martini Family. Nils always blends a little Cabernet Sauvignon into each vintage to add depth. Our Zinfandel is always treated to 100% brand new American oak and is no exception to the rule of “meal-in-a-glass” Zinfandels. The Saddleback Zinfandel has gained quite a reputation as a “monster Zin” and is in great demand. This wine has a track record of selling out within 30-45 days of release.
Our Zinfandel is always treated to 100% new American oak barrels. This meaty giant is no exception to the rule of “meal-in-a-glass” Zinfandels.
About the Winery
Here at Saddleback Cellars, we take every step to assure the highest quality wines from grape to bottle. Our goal is to produce wines that are true to their varietal and place; we limit production to only five to six thousand cases a year to further our goal of making truly hand-crafted wines of the highest quality.
Winemaker/owner Nils Venge and Lars, our assistant winemaker, use traditional winemaking techniques to assure well balanced wines that are easy to drink young and, with the proper cellar conditions, age with grace and beauty.
Winemaker Nils Venge
Born to Danish immigrants, Nils’ exposure to wine came at an early age: his parents operated a wine and liquor import and distribution company in Southern California. Nils continued his pursuit of wine at the University of California in Davis where he earned a BS in Viticulture in 1967.
Following graduation he moved to the Napa Valley to pursue his interest in winemaking. In the subsequent years, he worked for notable wineries, such as Charles Krug, Sterling, Villa Mount Eden and Groth. During his tenure at Groth, Nils became the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point rating from Wine Critic Robert Parker Jr. for the 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which catapulted him to a venerated position in the California wine industry.
Saddleback Cellars is a small winery located off dead-end Money Road in Oakville, California. We sit at just about the 50-yard line of the valley.
Our vineyard comprises a total of 14.8 acres where we grow six varietals. As it is, 8.4 acres are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.9 acres in Chardonnay, 1.75 acres in Merlot, 1.1 acres in Pinot Blanc, 0.3 acres in Pinot Grigio and 0.3 acres in Zinfandel.
All of our grapes are hand-picked and rushed right to our onsite crush pad where we begin the winemaking process right away. Come see the action between late August and late October of each year.