Hendry Wines2004 Block 7 Zinfandel
Former Agronomy professor George Whiting Hendry and his wife Margaret purchased the 117-acre Hendry Ranch in 1939, which is located between Carneros-Napa Valley and Mount Veeder.
Originally the Hendry’s focused only on growing grapes. Their Cabernet Sauvignon was used in Opus One and their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were used in Mondavi Reserve wines. Since 1992, however, the family started producing their own-label lot-specific Zinfandels from over 50 vineyard blocks on the property.
Today George divides his time between Cyclotron Inc., where he designs and manufactures particle accelerators, and the winery. Along with partner Susan Ridley, sales and marketing manager, and Mike Hendry, George’s nephew, who manages the vineyard, they produce a full line of wines including a rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
With intoxicating notes of late season berries, cherry cobbler, cassis, framboise, mint, violet candy and vanilla bean, this ripe and bold Zinfandel has plenty of immediate appeal but Zin and red wine lovers will appreciate the old-vine structure and intensity of character. The wine does have a fairly oaky finish.
Reviewed December 18, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Other reviewed wines from Hendry Wines
2002 Block 28 Zinfandel, Estate
(Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley)Alan Goldfarb 2/14/2006
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