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Zinfandel Artist Series - Cucamonga Valley

Zinfandel Artist Series Reserve - Cucamonga Valley Wine Details
Price: $14.95 per bottle

Description: Zinfandel has been growing in our historic Cucamonga-Guasti area for over 100 years. Our family has utilized Cucamonga's unique foothill terroir for the past 82 years, producing from low-yielding, dry-farmed, headtrained "old vines." The 2002 Zin Cucamonga Valley Artist Series Reserve comes from three special vineyards, each carrying the 75+ year-old-crown. Dry farming offers low yields and rich concentrated flavors. Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and tobacco are followed by ripe black cherries and hints of leather and spice. Medium in body with round, balanced tannins. 12.8% alcohol. Barrel-aged in one-year old French, Hungarian and American white oak. Enjoy this food-friendly Cucamonga Zin with rich meat lasagna, veal Parmesan, roasted chicken or salmon. Great with thick cuts of meat or solo before or after the meal! Bottle aged to pour now, or cellar through 2007.

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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