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C.G. Di Arie Zinfandel

C.G. Di Arie Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: The grapes for this wine came part from Fred Gunther’s vineyard and part from Oakmont Vineyard. The wine was made in our “Submerged Cap Fermentation Tank” and aged for about a year in predominantly French Oak barrels. The aroma of this wine is dominated by dark berries integrated with oak elements. It reminds me of hiking in a redwood forest. The fruit forward of dark berries grows in intensity in the mid-palate adding layers of chocolate and vanilla. The wine has a long finish with dominating black pepper. Overall, this wine is very well balanced with strong varietal identity.

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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