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Korte Ranch
The Zinfandel at Korte Ranch was planted about 100 years ago during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. It has lived through the Bolshevik revolution, the Red Scare and the dissolution of the USSR . These vines have coexisted with men on the moon and survived the invention of LSD, MTV, Velveeta and Cool Whip. This 40 acre parcel just north of St. Helena is owned by Hal Pagendarm whose grandfather owned and operated the Korte Ranch Winery before Prohibition. Up on the hill are the crumbled remains of a stone cellar and house where the original Korte Winery was located. Periodic Elvis sightings are reported by the locals.

2005 Eden Stuart Korte Ranch Napa Valley Zinfandel:

Harvest Dates: Sept. 28th, & Oct 3rd 2005

Harvest analysis: 25.5 degrees Brix, 3.65 pH, 0.73g/100ml TA.

Fermented with BM-45 yeast, natural flora malolactic fermentation.

Aged in 18 months in Hungarian Oak barrels. Racked for clarification.

Tasting notes:

Nose: Smoky oak and black currants. Classic Napa Zinfandel.

Mouth: Rich mouthfeel, enormous fruit flavors, ripe but not over-ripe...deep red but not pepper but not white...

End: Delicious finish and will only improve after being open for 24 hours.

524 cases made

Food pairing: Duck and wonderful barbecued meats (bacon is good too)