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Napa Valley Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: This wine has a deep garnet color with a subtle blue tint. The nose opens in layers with a flush of exotic fruit blossom integrating with classic autumn spice and a clean black cherry core. The mouth feel is lush and full with a firmness and backbone that hold the multifaceted flavors in balance. Rich, dark fruit has an alluring tropical thread that has become a hallmark of Brown Estate zinfandel. Subtle wood notes are traditional cardamom, cinnamon, burnt sugar, and cream. We expect these to intensify with age, drawing out the buried bitter chocolate and tobacco notes. Tannins are gently responsive, giving way to a finish that is expressive and long.

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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