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Easton Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley

Easton Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley Wine Details

Description: The is the one Zinfandel that we make in both 375ml and 750ml formats. We have had many requests from restaurants and specialty retailers for the 375ml size and we have chosen one of our most popular specific appellation bottlings for this purpose. Our 1999 Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel is dense and concentrated with dark berry fruit flavors and hints of cocoa and pepper spice in the aromas. The palate impression is rich and supple; the finish long and creamy. It has the distinctive flavors of our Amador terroir that make this region so special. Like all of our Zinfandel's, it is aged in 100% French oak cooperage.

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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