Hendry Block 28 is located on bench lands west of the town of
Napa. This 4.17 acre block is 160 feet above sea level and has
thin, stony “Boomer Series” soils. Morning fog and strong afternoon
breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate the maritime climate.
The vines were planted in 1998 using St. George roots and
grafted with budwood selected from an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard.
The vines are spaced 6.9' x 5', cordon trained and spur pruned. A
vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy.
In the early years of Hendry’s winemaking endeavors, George was
farming and harvesting a vineyard a short tractor drive away on Mt.
Veeder, called the Brandlin Ranch. The old-vine Zinfandel there was
of mysterious lineage, and always produced complex, intense spicy
fruit. So when the vineyard was sold in 1995, budwood from those
vines was grafted onto rootstock in Block 23 and later in the
larger Block 28.
In 2013, bud break in Block 28 occurred April 9th. Bloom was May
16th. Harvest was September 12th, with an average yield of
approximately 4.28 tons per acre. The alcoholic fermentation was
completed in approximately one week in closed fermentation tanks.
The wine was pressed and put into barrels for malolactic
fermentation. Aging was fifteen months in French oak barrels, 65%
of which were new. Brooding, bittersweet and structured, Block 28
is the burlier counterpart to the softer Block 7&22. Drought
conditions in 2012 and 2013 resulted in less available moisture in
the soil, and our early tastings confirm that this resulted in
exceptionally concentrated, slightly higher tannin wine in the
Zinfandels. Initial aromas of dark berries and cocoa powder. Both
this wine and the 2013 Blocks 7&22 are thick and dark purple,
with concentrated dark berry fruit and significant tannins. This
wine will benefit from cellaring, at least 6 months, or thorough
decanting. Serve with hearty fare.
Cases Produced: 775
is currently empty
3104 Redwood Rd
Napa, CA 94558
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