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Napa Wine Company, Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley

Napa Wine Company, Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: The 2002 vintage is Napa Wine Company’s third release of Zinfandel. The grapes were harvested from the Pelissa Vineyard, organically grown in the heart of the Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation. This wine exhibits all the great qualities that Zinfandel lovers expect, delicate aromas of rose and raspberry that compliment the rich silky texture of cherry and spice. This wine is a beautiful compliment to a pepper crusted leg of lamb or smoked St. Louis style pork ribs, which captures the ripe raspberry and spice flavors of our Zinfandel.

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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