Everyone has an inherent genius, and Nichelini’s is zinfandel (the same grape as Italy’s Primitivo.) Whether you have tasted a Nichelini wine before or not, you really don’t know Nichelini until you try their zinfandel. It could turn any zin naysayer into a fan. Instead of an overly-concentrated wine with daunting weight, this zinfandel is juicy with mouth-filling deep, black cherry fruit and oak spice.

Visiting places like Nichelini, on the National Register of Historic Places, also enriches us with stories past.

What the Nichelini generations must have seen over the years (since they settled in Chiles Valley in 1884), we can only imagine. Visiting the winery at 2950 Sage Canyon Road will give us a peek. For details visit nicheliniwinery.com or call 707-963-0717.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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