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Belle Canyon Zinfandel

Belle Canyon Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: The zinfandel made from Belle Canyon in Dry Creek Valley is becoming well known for its wonderful aromas. The 2002 will not let you down. The incredible essence of raspberry, chocolate, and vanilla tantalize the nose as soon as the wine hits the glass. In flavors and complexity, the wine is also one of the biggest and most appealing Belle Canyon zinfandels we have ever made. The wine's thick, viscous texture perfectly matches the richness of the fruit flavors. With its lovely, sweet red fruit and its long, persistent spicy finish, this is a wine to savor for hours.

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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