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Brochelle VELVET Zinfandel

Brochelle VELVET Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: Velvet is a finely crafted compilation of the crème de la crème of three Zinfandel vintages, wine that is the epitome of Reserve pedigree. Upon sampling the contents we had laid to rest within two ultra-premium French oak barrels in the winery, we were bestowed a rare treat indeed. The first word that came to mind upon experiencing all the smooth flavors and textures in this wine was pure. . . . . . .velvet. This wine was so compelling and unlike anything we have produced before, that we felt strongly it demanded a bottling of its own with the aspiration of crafting something extraordinary in flavour and intense varietal characteristics.

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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