2017 Hendry 'Blocks 7 & 22' Zinfandel Napa Valley

$34.95
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George Hendry built his reputation as a grower on block 7, planted in 1975. It’s been the foundation of the house Zinfandel since the first vintage and continues to deliver. Deep, spiced berry fruit hits the nose first with a floral nuance. The palate is a berry and cherry showcase with a little bittersweet cocoa on the finish. It’s balanced and versatile, with enough pleasant structure to hold its own against any feast.

Varietal:
Zinfandel
Vintage:
2017
Appellation:
Napa Valley
SKU #:
1048488
Size:
750 ml Bottle
W&S95

Wine & Spirits

These two blocks of zinfandel, in the benchlands at the base of Mount Veeder, were both planted to clone 2; the vines at Block 7 date to 1975 and to 1995 at Block 22. It’s interesting to taste this side-by-side with Block 28 (also recommended here), comparing fruit from a mass selection of old vines with a clonal planting. Block 28 may be more complex in its tannins; the wine from Blocks 7 & 22 may be more comforting and delicious, its complexity held in a floral scent, like pollen collected in a beehive. Or floral dark chocolate, a richness that smooths the tannins and their mineral spikes of power. Cellar both wines and you may find yourself grabbing one or the other, depending on your mood.