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2000 Old Vine Zinfandel

2000 Old Vine Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $27.00 per bottle

Description: Feeney Ranch. "This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear," declares Count Mippipopolous in The Sun Also Rises. "You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that." Could Hemingway have anticipated Eric Ross Feeney Ranch Zinfandel? Our 2000 Old Vine, Feeney Ranch Zinfandel, has a nose of fresh tobacco, cedar, blackberry, and chocolate, with well integrated tannins. Sweet oak, dark fruit, create a wine with soft and balanced flavors in the mouth. Make it the centerpiece of a holiday meal surrounded by stilton and walnuts, grilled portobello mushrooms and prime rib with Yorkshire pudding.

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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