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Hendry Block 7 Zinfandel

Hendry Block 7 Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $29.00 per bottle

Description: In 2003, the median bud break in Block 7 occurred April 8. Median bloom was June 3 and median veraison was August 12. Harvest was October 16 with the yield of 2.5 tons per acre. The alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately ten days in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. The wine was then pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Aging was sixteen months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% were new. The flavors of this wine are reminiscent of bright red cherries, blackberries and milk chocolate with floral notes. Subtle spices are also apparent. The French oak is well integrated, adding a layer of complexity and refinement to the wine. It has a round mouth feel and the supple fine tannins that are characteristic of Block 7.

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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