Wine Last Sold on: February 4, 2013
Starry Night Winery
2010 Nervo Station Zinfandel
|Region:||California: Alexander Valley|
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Mission Codename: So long, Ridge...
- Agent Red
- Operatives have been clamoring for another big, juicy and delicious Starry Night Zinfandel. Send Agent Red to Starry Night to retreive their 2010 Nervo Station Zin, a wine grown in a vineyard block that was formerly belonged to Ridge Vineyard.
- Mission Status
- Todd Graff
We are always impressed with wines from Starry Night. Especially their wonderful Zinfandels.
Today marks the 4th time we have featured a new vintage of Starry’s flagship Zin, the wonderful 2010 Nervo Station Zinfandel. This wine hails from a superb Alexander Valley Vineyard that formerly belonged to the world-famous Ridge Vineyards winery.
With each new vintage of this wine, winemaker Todd Graff, shows not not his skills, but also the further development of the Nervo Station vineyard. This vintage is youthful and ready to drink. It also shows great potential for the next few years.
Decant for best results. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a wide array of rich or spicy foods. We recommend sweet and tangy BBQ spareribs for a true treat!
Dark, deep ruby with lovely pinkish edging. Tall, skinny legs fall swiftly down the glass when swirled.
Sweet boysenberry syrup, cherry compote, dried thyme, light white pepper, black licorice, saddle leather and dry potting soil.
Concentrated and dark with black fruit, leather, dark spice and white pepper. As the wine opens, it reveals flavors of dried fall leaves, baking spice and black cherry.
Medium long in length with bold tannins and bright acids that frame the fruit, driving flavors to the far corners of the palate.
What the Winery Says
Nervo Station Vineyard, located on a hillside in the western part of Alexander Valley, has two blocks of Zinfandel planted in 1896 and one block planted in 1934. As is typical of older Zinfandel Vineyards, there are numerous other varietals inter-planted in the vineyard including Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro among others. Farmed by the Nervo family for three generations, these head pruned vines produce a very limited crop that results in concentrated and complex flavors.
About the Winery
This year Starry Night Winery celebrates its twelfth anniversary as a bonded winery. The story of how we came into existence starts many years earlier when Wayne Hansen, Bruce Walker, Mike Miller and Skip Granger started making wine at an amateur level. Our motivation for this came from a shared life long passion for wine and an increasing disdain for the over priced and often mass-produced wines found in the market.
In our first year we crushed several hundred pounds of grapes and produced about fifty cases of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in Wayne’s basement. By combining the best of both new and traditional methods we found that we could make outstanding wine. We also spent time researching wine making methods, taking classes at UC Davis, and received the advice of some very helpful commercial winemakers. After several years of home winemaking, we finally applied for and received our bond several weeks before harvest in 1999.
At Starry Night Winery, our goal is to produce the finest wines possible that accentuate the regions from where the grapes are best grown. We currently produce Chardonnay and Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley, a Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley as well as Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from the Lodi appellation. This coming summer we will be bringing back Adara, our Rhone Style Blend and this fall we will be releasing out first Cabernet Franc from Lake County.
In our first year we produced fewer than 1200 cases. Since then we have grown a bit each year and have leveled off our production to about 8,000 cases. Most of our wines are produced in quantities of less than 1,000 cases. By keeping our production small, we are able to pay attention to every detail in the winemaking process and allow the grapes to fully express their terroir. We would describe our winemaking style as minimalist in that we want the wines to make themselves with as little intervention as possible.
We are very excited about sharing our new wines and new releases with you!