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2003 Old Vine Zinfandel

2003 Old Vine Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $23.00 per bottle

Description: Silver Medal - 2004 San Francisco Wine Competition. This wine is very similar to its 2001 counterpart, however, the 2003 vintage featured more accessible, richer fruit flavors with more depth. These qualities are quite evident in the resulting wine. The nose features aromas of caramel, toasted cedar and vanilla layered over ripe cherries, plums and blackberries. The palate has a deep, full mouth feel featuring a rich, velvety core of dark plums and Bing cherries framed by softer peripheral tannins and peppery spices that lead to a very long, complex finish with and a touch of citrus and hints of cassis.

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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