Estate Zinfandel from near the top of Mt Veeder (see below for explanation of the name Tribidrag). Leads with the fruit: juicy blueberries, some blackberry and black cherries. Bramble, blood orange, crushed thyme and black pepper step up in the flavor and finish. Medium tannins and acidity. Very approachable and ready to drink. Enjoy now through 2023.
Tribidrag, aka Zinfandel. “Tribidrag was the ancient name for Zinfandel in the Middle Ages, when it was widely grown along the Dalmatian Coast of present-day Croatia. It was one of the most important varieties in the Adriatic wine trade in the 1300’s. We call this wine Tribidrag as a tribute to the noble and ancient European heritage of Zinfandel.”
Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith live on their vineyard near the top of Mount Veeder between Napa and Yountville. Farming, winemaking, sales and marketing is all them. They truly make wines they most enjoy drinking, which are wines with fruit, structure and a definitive spicy/savory character as well. Their wines burst with character and flavor equal to any wines made in California. Over the years I’ve written countless times how Lagier Meredith is “unsung, under-rated and under-appreciated.” I’m over that. While it is still the case, what’s most important to know is that their wines are dynamite and extremely well-priced for what you get.
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