Nichelini Family Winery
The Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley
This wine is a blend of Zinfandel 80% and Petite Sirah 20%, hand-harvested and cellared in 25% new and 75% neutral American oak.
In 1890s Napa Valley, the Roman wine press (featuring a massive wooden lever) was in common use. We used our press for the last time in 1955, but it can still be seen at the winery today. It is believed to be one of only three left standing in North America.
Great Zinfandel and Petite Sirah blends are a long-time family secret. We first planted Zinfandel in 1887 and Petite Sirah in 1968. With the 1972 vintage, we began blending some of our Zinfandel with various small amounts of Petite Sirah. This quickly became a family favorite and I carry on this traditional Nichelini blend during my stewardship. It has flavors that are designed to be expressed to the fullest: the ripe red-berry fruit from Zin and the dark inky color and tannins from Petite Sirah.
A medium-bodied, violet-tinted wine with aromas of strawberry and toasted oak, and flavors of vanilla, strawberry, dried currants and baking spice. Soft tannins round out a dry, present finish. A family favorite since 1972, it is excellent with red meats and classic Italian dishes.
Alcohol: 14.8 %
Residual Sugar: 0.20%
TA: 6.4 g/l
239 cases produced
Appellation: Napa Valley
Sub-appellation: Chiles Valley District