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Zinfandel, Lopez Vineyard, Vintage

Zinfandel, Lopez Vineyard, Vintage Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: This wine represents the inaugural vintage of Zinfandel from the Lopez Ranch. An uncommonly dry spring and summer growing season yielded a big, chewy wine with an excellent core structure to support the supple juicy fruit. Notes of ripe briar-berry, cedar, earth and underbrush mingle on the nose to form what we affectionately call “Cucamonga Character”. The palate is bursting with rich black raspberry and cherry fruit that is accentuated by suggestions of sweet pipe tobacco. Pair this robust Zinfandel with roasted meats and vegetables.

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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