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Zinfandel Brandlin Vineyard

Zinfandel Brandlin Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $32.00 per bottle

Description: As for the 2003. An erratic wet spring and some summer time heat spikes finally settled down. A blast of torrid heat in mid-September affected many vineyards, but Brandlin had enough time to recover before harvest at the end of the month. Those conditions translated into a wine that accentuates blackberry jam, “blueberries and cream” (as one of my good friends and fellow winemakers used to say) cinnamon, rose petal and coffee. The other virtue of the vintage, for reasons I can’t explain, is a wonderfully firm structure that supports all those lush and juicy qualities.

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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