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Quintet Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Intensely fruity yet inherently complex, this blend of Bordeaux varieties has a nose overflowing with juniper spice. Let the glass stand for a moment, and the berry aromas begin to blossom. Next comes cranberry, then bright cherry, followed by tart raspberry and finally ripe blackberry, showcasing a density and freshness usually reserved for young Zinfandel. Sprinkle in hints of shaved vanilla, and the masterpiece of the nose is complete. However, the multi-dimensional experience has just begun. When talking about people or wine, complexity and youth are seldom considered in the same thought. But the 2000 Quintet has endless cherry and fresh berry characters shuffled with hints of “classic” Cabernet herbaceousness. The finish is long and lingering with a pinch of oak and a dash of vanilla.. And the palate of this wine is just coming into its own with an elegant structure and youthful tannins that suggest a long and interesting life.

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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