Scott Harvey Wines
2005 Jana Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel
Zinfandel • Korte Ranch
California: Napa Valley
What we say
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Mission Codename: True Romance
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Jana Winery, acquire their stellar Old Vine Zinfandel
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Jana Wines (Scott Harvey Wines)
Wine Subject: 2005 Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel
Winemaker: Richard Peterson
Backgrounder: Zinfandel is related to the Italian Primitivo grape, tracing its origin to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kastelanski. Zinfandel is one of the most versatile varietals with the ability to make wines, both rich to fruity, dark to light, and dry to sweet. Napa Valley Zinfandels, which are characterized by their big, extracted flavors, are among the most popular with our Operatives. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and mission report below
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – This wine glows with a gorgeous rub red that shows clear and concentrated, right through its slightly darker core. When swirled, this wine show a slightly tight surface that settles quickly, leaving behind fast, skinny tears that start high on the glass
Smell – Juicy, bold and very aromatic in character with spicy and dusty red fruit of raspberry, Bing cherry and red currant. These sit perfectly atop a base of classic old vine spiciness of black and white pepper. All of these intermingle with soft oak, anise and soft cedar
Feel – Velvety and luxurious on the attack, then the wine shows a medium-to-full-body as it gradually introduces a hint of dryness. Initially round, cool and smooth, the wine digs in at the mid-palate, revealing fine-grained and softly textured tannins that spread across the tongue, adding a hint of mineral dryness. Soft spice and balanced acidity provide great structure that holds the flavors of the wine through to the finish
Taste – Delicious and focused, with fruit flavors of juicy red cherry, raspberry, blackberry and a hint of red plum. These combine with follow-on flavors of earthy spice of black pepper and softest clove. At the end, flavors of bramble, soft cocoa powder and the softest oaky vanilla show up on the mid-palate
Finish – Medium long in length with red fruit, earth, spice and other complex flavors that are framed by this wine’s soft and rich tannins
Conclusion – This is one amazingly delicious wine. With every sip, our tasting panel of 4 Operatives oooh’d and ahhh’d. This wine is remarkably tasty, with a soft, almost voluptuous feel that had each of us holding the wine in our mouths for long intervals. Agent K made the tasting even more delectable by surprising us with her freshly-made dish of Orecchette with Asparagus, Ricotta and Prosciutto. The bright acidity of the wine, along with its fruit and spice, were framed beautifully by the subtle lemon and black pepper of the creamy pasta. The prosciutto, matching up perfectly with the feel of the wine. The wine on it’s own is a delicious treat, but I believe that you could pair this flexible wine with nearly anything. Where some Old Vine Zin could tend to overpower a fine meal, this wine is beautifully balanced and perfectly poised. I give this wine a very hearty Wine Spies recommendation!
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Scott Harvey
DATE OF BIRTH: 3-24-54
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bamberg, Germany
WINE EDUCATION: 1975, I apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt, Germany. Returned to Amador County to apprentice from Cary Gott at Montevina winery.
CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: Montevina, In 1978, at the age of twenty-three, Scott took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, worked at Santino Winery and then started Renwood winery with a partner. Later was recruited to Napa Valley to be winemaker and president of Folie a Deux.
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Being European trained, I make wines to go with food—good acidity and low pH. This is considered old world style of winemaking.
SIGNATURE VARIETAL: Barbera
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Named 1 of the top 10 Winemakers in CA by Dan Berger
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 2003 Scott Harvey Reserve Barbera being selected as 3rd best Barbera in the world outside of Italy.
WINEMAKER QUOTE: “Wine needs to tell two stories, one I’m Zinfandel, two I’m Napa Valley”
AGENT RED: Greetings, Scott. We are thrilled to be showing your Jana Old Vine Zinfandel today. It is one of the most delicious Zin’s I have tried of late! Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
SCOTT: Thank you for selecting one of my wines for your program.
RED: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
SCOTT: When I was sent to Germany as an AFS exchange student in high school, I was sent to a winemaking region of Germany. On my first day there, my “German family” handed me a glass of wine. I looked out the window at the vineyards below, got my German dictionary out and said, “does this wine come from those grapes?” They said “yes, do you want to see where it’s made?” ….and the rest is history.
RED: And where did you learn the most about winemaking?
SCOTT: I got my basic training in Germany but my recent winemaking style I attribute to my mentor , Dr. Richard Peterson.
RED: What is your winemaking style or philosophy?
SCOTT: Old world style. Wines that are drunk with food.
RED: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
SCOTT: Dr. Richard Peterson
RED: How long have you been making wine?
SCOTT: 37 years
RED: Who do you make wine for?
SCOTT: myself, my wife, and our consumers
RED: Tell me, what makes the Napa Valley so special?
SCOTT: Only 2% of the world has a Mediterranean climate like Napa Valley with the warm days and cool nights along with its unique soils and geography.
RED: What is one piece of advice that you would give to someone that is considering a career as a winemaker?
SCOTT: You need to be a very clean and neat person. 90% of winemaking is janitorial.
RED: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
SCOTT: Harvest—and what a great one it’s turning out to be!
RED: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today
SCOTT: It’s a full bodied Napa Valley Zinfandel from 100 year old vines from one of the best appellations.
RED: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
SCOTT: Jana’s company with BBQ’d Tri Tip
RED: Please share one thing about yourself that few people know
SCOTT: I like to iron my own shirts.
RED:What is your favorite ‘everyday’ or table wine?
RED: How would you recommend that people approach your wines, or wine in general?
SCOTT: People drink experiences. Have fun with the wine.
RED: If you could choose any one wine to drink (regardless of price or availability), what would it be?
SCOTT: Whatever my wife wants to drink.
RED: What is the one question that I should have asked you, and what is your answer to that question?
SCOTT: Question: Do you have any new wines planned to make? Answer: I’d love to make a Gewürztraminer from a cold climate region.
RED: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and about your wine. Keep up the great work, we
are big fans!
SCOTT: Thank, Red! Back to harvest for me. See you soon!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
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What the winery says
About This Wine:
Fruit forward wine with fresh black cherry, currants and mint layered with French oak. Rich full bodied Zinfandel.
Vineyard Notes: 100 plus year old vines grown in the upper Napa Valley on the Korte Ranch. Head pruned to produce big flavorful Zinfandel.
Winemaker Notes: The small crop of long stringy bunches allowed for full Zinfandel maturity when harvested on the 4th of October. The wine was aged for 18 months in French Oak creating a complete wine with well rounded tannins.
About The Winery:
Scott Harvey Wines are made of the best varietals from the terroir of Amador County, California. These worldly wines include an Old Vine Zinfandel, a Syrah (Rhone), a Barbera (Italian) and a Port (Portuguese). Scott’s roots are in Amador County which has allowed him to develop considerable expertise with these varietals.
Growing up in California’s Sierra Mountains Region, Scott developed a keen interest in winemaking as a high school exchange student in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany. Scott attended California State University at Sacramento before beginning practical Enology training at Montevina Winery in Amador County. Back to Germany in 1975, he apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt. Once again returning to Montevina Winery, Scott focused on all aspects of winemaking and running a winery. From farming the grapes to effectively marketing the wine, Scott solidified his knowledge and experience. In 1978, at the age of twenty-three, Scott took over as Head Winemaker for Story Winery, also in Amador County.
In 1979 Scott developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Crafting the best wines possible from the soils and climatic conditions of the region, Santino and later Renwood benefited from Scott’s German training and innovative style. Becoming one of the leading wineries in Amador County, and garnering critical acclaim, the wine world was paying attention. Amador County was now recognized as a world-class wine-growing appellation.
In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for newly purchased, Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. Combining forces with Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker, Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel. Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers, resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In addition, Scott’s creation, the “Menage a Trois” line of wines, was an instant commercial success. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery. Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran.
Scott Harvey Wines, the initial line of wines in the “Creative Wine Concepts” portfolio, was created out of market demand for Scott’s wines – “niche wines that over deliver.” The Scott Harvey line focuses on Scott’s roots – Zinfandel, Syrah and Barbera from the Sierra’s. Approachable, food friendly and full of luscious fruit, these wines have struck a cord in the marketplace. Scott has hit his stride with his new mantra – “Scott Harvey Wines, it’s time!” Stay tuned – this is just the beginning!
Wine Type: Bold Red Wine
Varietal: 100% Old Vine Zinfandel
Appellation: Napa Valley
Aging: 18 months in French Oak
Bottling Date: 6-15-07
Residual Sugar: Dry <.2%