Starry Night Winery
2010 Nervo Station Zinfandel
California: Alexander Valley
So long, Ridge...
We are always impressed with wines from Starry Night. Especially their wonderful Zinfandels.
Today marks the 4th time we have featured a new vintage of Starry’s flagship Zin, the wonderful 2010 Nervo Station Zinfandel. This wine hails from a superb Alexander Valley Vineyard that formerly belonged to the world-famous Ridge Vineyards winery.
With each new vintage of this wine, winemaker Todd Graff, shows not not his skills, but also the further development of the Nervo Station vineyard. This vintage is youthful and ready to drink. It also shows great potential for the next few years.
Decant for best results. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a wide array of rich or spicy foods. We recommend sweet and tangy BBQ spareribs for a true treat!
Dark, deep ruby with lovely pinkish edging. Tall, skinny legs fall swiftly down the glass when swirled.
Sweet boysenberry syrup, cherry compote, dried thyme, light white pepper, black licorice, saddle leather and dry potting soil.
Concentrated and dark with black fruit, leather, dark spice and white pepper. As the wine opens, it reveals flavors of dried fall leaves, baking spice and black cherry.
Medium long in length with bold tannins and bright acids that frame the fruit, driving flavors to the far corners of the palate.
What the Winery Says
Nervo Station Vineyard, located on a hillside in the western part of Alexander Valley, has two blocks of Zinfandel planted in 1896 and one block planted in 1934. As is typical of older Zinfandel Vineyards, there are numerous other varietals inter-planted in the vineyard including Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro among others. Farmed by the Nervo family for three generations, these head pruned vines produce a very limited crop that results in concentrated and complex flavors.
About the Winery
At Starry Night Winery, our goal is to produce the finest wines possible that accentuate the regions from where the grapes are best grown. We currently produce Chardonnay and Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley, a Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley as well as Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from the Lodi appellation.
In our first year we produced fewer than 1200 cases. Since then most of our wines have been produced in quantities of less than 1,000 cases. By keeping our production small, we are able to pay attention to every detail in the winemaking process and allow the grapes to fully express their terroir. We would describe our winemaking style as minimalist in that we want the wines to make themselves with as little intervention as possible.
Winemaker Wayne Hansen
“I am a minimalist – the less fussing, the better. And of course, do no harm. I make all of my wines fruit forward, not overly extracted, and very approachable.”
“Nick DeLuca, winemaker for Dierberg and Star Lane, came and made some wine with us early in my career. Like me, he was not fussy and he taught me to work with the fruit as it was picked, tailoring the process to develop the best qualities of those particular grapes at that particular time, to be creative with solving any problems they may present themselves, and to avoid formulaic wine making.”