I can't say this was my favorite of the Mounts wines, but I also think I should have let it breathe quite a bit more before drinking. I still have 2 other bottles and plan on making a "re-visit" to this wine. I've rarely been disappointed by Mounts and am still a big fan.
From a winemaker’s point of view the 2007 vintage was near perfection. Growing conditions were ideal throughout the spring and summer months with no rain, frost or heat spikes. Overall, the Zinfandel had a poor set during bloom and a small cluster size as a result of drought conditions. This resulted in a mix of large berries and small berries or “peas and pumpkins” as we call it. Harvest came early here in Dry Creek, with really no cold spells to slow things down and the Zin ripened quickly as it normally does off this ranch. I think that without the heat spikes that can occur during harvest we didn’t see a rapid shriveling of small berries which can cause excessive sugar soak ups, just a moderate and uniform dehydration of the fruit. The Zinfandel this year was brought in ripe with a fine balance of maturity and was pleasant to deal with in the winery. All the Zin goes through a long cold soak for color and aroma extraction with a slow, cool fermentation and is pressed off near dry after 12 days total maceration where it completes primary and secondary fermentation in barrel. The wine was racked and blended the following Spring with a 6% addition of Petite Sirah and 3% of the very limited 2007 Grenache. We felt the addition of Petite Sirah and Grenache complemented an already lively and juicy Zinfandel base. The wine was bottled in December 2008.