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Arrowhead Mountain Zinfandel

Arrowhead Mountain Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: The vineyard, with its 45 - 60 degree rocky slopes, has yet again produced some amazing fruit for us. The tannins are rounder at this point than the 2001 and the wine may prove to be more approachable at a younger age. The fans of this wine will still find the Priorat-like roasted fruit profile and the rich texture found in the 2001. The aromatics of chocolate mint, roasted red and black fruits of plum, black cherry and strawberry compote emerge from the glass. Ripe blackberry, toast and baking spice flavors are accent by bittersweet dark chocolate nuances. The pallet is full and rich but is nicely buffered by dusty tannins and acidity.

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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