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Big River Ranch Zinfandel

Big River Ranch Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $34.00 per bottle

Description: As always, the amazing 110-year-old vines from our Big River Ranch never fail to deliver a huge, delicious mouthful of fruit and spice. The wine opens up with incredible blackberry and chocolate aromas, mixed with clove and black pepper. These flavors build into a mouthful of dark blackberry fruit and spice, filling your mouth with its thick, velvety texture. The wine flavors persist for minutes, just begging you to take another sip. This wine is very special. It's our favorite Big River zinfandel we have produced and it will only continue to develop for the next eight years.

Varietal Definition
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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