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"Ricci Vineyard" Old Vine Zinfandel

"Ricci Vineyard" Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: You look at our 2002 Ricci Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel and you'd swear the wine is pitch black. It's that deeply colored. Zinfandel lovers need to settle in for an experience. The aromas are startling at first. But once you work your nose down into the glass you'll find rich blackberry, licorice, white pepper, a touch of mint and cedar aromas dancing and mixing. The wine explodes on the palate and doesn't finish until tomorrow. Blackberry and sweet currant flavors sparkle around the strawberry, mocha, vanilla core. This is gracious, giving wine.

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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