An elegant, lithe expression of deep, rock-strewn Jory soils, the 2013 Block 14 is a pretty, ethereal, lifted wine. It’s pop music and cool jazz; it snaps its fingers to the beat. A svelte and feminine counterpart to the burlier Slope, Block 14 lives in the red fruit spectrum, exuding flowers and brine. Yet the wind-borne tannin of Eola-Amity Hills still announces itself—scaffolding that will lend shape for years in the cellar. De-stemmed and cold-soaked for 5 days prior to fermentation, the wine was aged for 17 months in 75% new French oak. A rarity for Zena Crown, Block 14 is the expression of a single Dijon clone, 667, grafted to a single rootstock, Couderc 3309.
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13.0% by vol
17 months French oak, 75% new; M to M+ Toast
Spring, feminine, basalt, volcanic, minerality, seductive, pretty, tufa, Jory
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