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Miljenko’s Old Vines Zinfandel

Miljenko’s Old Vines Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $69.00 per bottle

Description: Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s home overlooks our 34-acre vineyard in Calistoga. The warmest of all five of our vineyards, the reddish soils here are gravelly loam that provide excellent drainage and are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. The few rows of the vineyard that produce this wine were planted more than 100 years ago. We dry farm and organically farm the vines to produce concentrated, complex flavors in the grapes. Concentrated aromas of rose petals, anise, blackberry and black peppercorns jump out of the glass. Its spicy fruit and fine balance of acid and tannins make it perfect for flavorful dishes such as lamb chops, sausages, duck confit and aged cheeses. Extremely limited: only 454 cases produced, so buy now before we’re sold out.

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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