The 2012 Scout's Honor will likely be remembered as one of our best efforts to date and another spectacular vintage in honor of our beloved winery dog, Scout. We have changed up the vineyards significantly with the 2012 vintage, with more "old-vine" plantings providing the foundation for this blend, and it certainly shows in the finished wine. This wine is based on a tradition of producing a full bodied, delicious and immediately enjoyable red wine. We start with a base of old-vine Zinfandel and build that up with old-vine Charbono, dry-farmed Petite Sirah, and finish with mountain vineyard Syrah. The end result is a serious, yet unpretentious red wine that will satisfy time and time again. The 2012 vintage was epic across all varietals for us-perfection not experienced since the 1997 vintage. Diligence and patience in the vineyards paid off with spectacular results. This vintage is a gorgeous assemblage of crushed blue herbs, violets, black cherry, licorice and anise scents that fill the room. The palate is pure richness from the Zinfandel with loads of black cherry, pepper spice, and enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah, with no harshness through the transition of the flavors. Seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra long finish and a slight "kick" of barrel tannin at the end. Delicious! 2012 Scout's Honor is certainly a generous mouthful of red wine that we recommend be opened and enjoyed immediately upon release. Cellared correctly it will age for 5 to 10 years.
In this big proprietary blend, winemaker Kirk Venge pits 70% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah against 11% Charbono, a rare find in the Napa Valley, and 5% Syrah. The results are complex in deep cherry and milk chocolate, with plenty of grip and drinkable tannins, the finish soft and rich. This wine delivers a great value for the quality.
A big bruiser of a blend, loaded with personality but not finesse. Pitch black in color, with smoky blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice aromas and concentrated plum and tar flavors. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 1,775 cases made.