Chef Tyler Florence and the Michael Mondavi family,long-time Napa Valley vintners, share a passion for pairing food and wine. Now Tyler has teamed up with Rob Mondavi, fourth generation winemaker, to craft three Limited-Production wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. These wines are sourced from exceptional California vineyards where each varietal takes on worldclass character and quality.
With minimal frost in the spring, and relatively few hot spells in the summer and fall, the 2009 growing season in California was mild, allowing for a long, slow ripening season and an easy-going start to the picking. However, cool weather, and then dramatic rain showers, in late October interrupted harvest, but patience and careful monitoring of the vineyards allowed us to deftly work around the rains and still pick at optimum maturity.
For TF Limited-Production Zinfandel, Tyler and Rob looked to the dry-farmed Hoodoo Creek Vineyard on the north side of Mount St. Helena in Lake County. Planted in the 1930s, this site lies on an extinct riverbed of cobblestone, minerals and quartz. The combination of old vines and a unique soil structure gives our fruit rich intensity and singular character.
After gentle hand-harvest, destemming and crush, the juice was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks then aged for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels.