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Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel

Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: The color of our signature Old Hill Zin is dark ruby and the aromas are wonderfully complex. There is an impressive array of sweet cherries, blackberries, plums and peppery spice that lend structure and depth. This depth of fruit can only come from old vines and it keeps revealing itself as layer upon layer unfold. DOWNLOAD TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS The French oak contributes toast and vanilla aromas while enhancing the ripe grape tannins on the finish. Follow the evolution of this wine in your glass as it opens up or decant if you are in a hurry. The wine will reach peak maturity in 7 - 10 years.

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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