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"Ricci Vineyard" Old Vine Zinfandel

"Ricci Vineyard" Old Vine Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Our Old Vine Zinfandel is truly a tribute to our Ricci Vineyard. This is one of our flagship red wines. The 2004 vintage is showing bright acidity and firm tannins which give this wine for medium to long term aging potential. Classic aromas and flavors of strawberry and raspberry with hints of dried apricot are followed by a creamy mouthfeel, from the 25% new french oak barrels, with a crisp finish. Perfect for marrying with rack of lamb or BBQ beef ribs.

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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