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Hess Collection Zinfandel

Hess Collection Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: The Zinfandel in this blend comes from an old clone grown in Dry Creek Valley. We chose this clone because of its small berries that deliver great color and intense fruit character. Zinfandel can come in many different styles. The Hess Collection style is big, based on ripe fruit and full extraction. The aroma has raspberry, ripe plum and cedar. White pepper follows with vanilla and a touch of well-integrated oak. The mid-palate offers a wonderful sweetness that leads into round, chewy tannins which linger into the finish. The beauty of Zinfandel is the fruit, so enjoy this wine young, within the next five 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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