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Zinfandel Paso Robles

Zinfandel Paso Robles Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: David Bruce Winery has had a long history with Zinfandel and it has led us far and wide, searching for the best locale to procure Zinfandel grapes. During the early nineties we felt that Paso Robles was the best region to grow Zinfandel. Not just for the opulent raspberry fruit character, but also for its wonderful expression of black pepper spice that is commonly associated with this varietal. Two vineyards that achieves this remarkably well are Ranchita Canyon and Beato. Both of these sites express those characters in abundance. While Ranchita Canyon brings elegance to the blend, Beato gives it its depth.

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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