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El Dorado Zinfandel

El Dorado Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $27.00 per bottle

Description: The crop for the 2001 El Dorado Zinfandel was hand picked during the intense heat of August 2001 in the Sierra Foothills. The fruit on the vines were purposely reduced in June to add complexity, in the face of the extreme heat of the foothill summer, which can typically “wash” out the character of the fruit. The grapes came from two different vineyard sites. Grapes from the Hummingbird Hill Vineyard and the Latrobe Vineyard were combined in order to balance the characteristics of the young fruit and the more established fruit. The fruit maintained a fullness of character throughout fermentation and into barrel. Aged in 100% American oak for 14 months, 50% of the barrels were new and 50% were one-year old. This combination of new oak and El Dorado fruit has given this wine a very appealing, yet approachable complexity. This wine is delightful and will be at its best over the next seven 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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