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Brochelle Ridge Top Zinfandel

Brochelle Ridge Top Reserve Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: The grapes within this wine represent the fruit that is hand selected from our vineyard ridge tops. These are very tiny berries plucked from the struggling vines on our hilltops—and it makes for one BIG intense wine. The Reserve spends its final months in luxury in new French oak; in what we feel are the finest hand-crafted barrels in the world. You will find intense blueberry fruit intertwined with honey, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. We craft our Reserve in a very rich , indulgent style with the intention of a slight sweetness on the palate. For those that truly desire an over the top experience, this is the wine to provide it. Drink now and until 2014.

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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