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Zinfandel Port

Zinfandel Port Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Some people think Port is for old British geezers sitting in overstuffed chairs in wood-paneled men’s clubs and reminiscing about the Empire... not ours. This is more like Zinfandel in overdrive, full of fruit and power and ready to rock! The exceptional Zinfandel fruit used for this wine is also used to make the distinguished Germain-Robin brandy which is added to the Port to fortify the wine. It is produced from 100% Rutherford Hill Zinfandel from the Napa Valley. One taste of our Zinfandel Port can shift your gears from weekday to weekend: Good-bye stress, hello celebration!

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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