Nichelini Family Winery
The Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley
Made from 100% Zinfandel grapes planted by our family in 1929, during Prohibition.
This wine was made from 100% Zinfandel grapes planted by our family in 1929, during Prohibition. They are low-yielding and dry-farmed, resulting in exceptional density of flavor. A vibrant, garnet-red wine, barrel-aged in oak, revealing a nose and flavors of black currant, creamy vanilla and raisin, with medium to light body and softly structured tannins. This exceptional Zin reveals the complexity and maturity that only a truly Old Vine can produce.
A Silver medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
This vintage is the last harvest for our Zinfandel, the Nichelini clone, planted by my great-great grandfather, my great-grandfather and a great uncle in 1929, during Prohibition. The old vines struggle and yield less than 2 tons per acre, but produce wonderfully concentrated flavors. Zinfandel is so versatile that it is made in many styles. With this fruit, I aimed to create an elegant, classic Zinfandel, true to our region (the Chiles Valley District of Napa Valley) and to the legendary Nichelini clone. These specific vines have roots that penetrate deep into the mineral-rich soil. The result is a uniquely refined, dry yet juicy Zinfandel. Have a sip and be transported back almost 100 years, to the days of Prohibition!
A vibrant, garnet-red wine, barrel-aged in oak, revealing a nose and flavors of black currant, creamy vanilla and raisin, with medium to light body and softly structured tannins.
Barrel aging: 21 months Oak: 55% new and 9% neutral American, 36% neutral French
Alcohol: 15.2 %
Residual Sugar: <0.70%
TA: 6.0 g/l
Appellation: Chiles Valley District of Napa Valley
Vines planted in 1929
Cases produced: 227