Gamble Family Vineyards
2011 Heritage Sites Napa Valley Red Wine
California: Napa Valley
Gamble Family Vineyards has wowed us once again. We fell in love with their Sauvignon Blanc (as did a great many Operatives!), and we are thrilled to bring you today’s 2011 Heritage Sites Napa Valley Red Wine.
Today’s wine was crafted from a single heritage vineyard that lies in the shadow of Mount St. Helena in the northern section of the Napa Valley. Tended by the same family since Prohibition, the vineyard features rows of gnarly, head-trained vines that have been in production for over 50 years. These old vines produce very low yields of incredibly concentrated fruit, which is clearly evident in today’s wine.
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Deep sanguine hued with bold streaks of purple shining through as well.
Condensed and layered aromas with a dark fruit compote of black cherry, blackberry, and mulberry laid overtop dried blueberry, sandalwood, briar patch, cinnamon, and espresso bean.
The condensed flavors carry through on the palate, creating a savory and very rich flavor profile. The dark berry compote hinted at on the nose is present on the palate, with the additional flavors of dark chocolate, black peppercorn, smoky wood fire, dark roasted coffee bean, and a pleasant undercurrent of dried herbs.
A wonderful blend of complexity and approachability, today’s wine has loads of dark fruit and smoky goodness in one smooth-sipping package. Enjoy!
Grilled skewers of pork tenderloin, pearl onions, red bell pepper, and mushrooms, finished with a teriyaki glaze.
What the Winery Says
- Jim Close
- Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 46% Zinfandel, 41% Syrah, 9% Charbono, 4% Petite Sirah
- 19 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak, 33% new