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Korte Ranch Zinfandel

Korte Ranch Zinfandel Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Korte Ranch Zinfandel is our third release from this vineyard. This wine is deep garnet colored with a nose of raspberries, roasted nuts, caramel and a bit of coffee. It is lavishly textured, showing flavors of sweet raspberries, wisps of chocolate and a hint of cassis. It has great weight, and is long and silky on the palate with a creamy finish. Pair with beef stew, ribs or barbecue and know it doesn’t mind spice. The 2004 Korte Ranch Zinfandel is drinking wonderfully now, but if you can manage to hold some back it will age nicely for another 5 – 7 years.

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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