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Zinfandel, Vignes de Marcoux Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Zinfandel, Vignes de Marcoux Vineyard, Yakima Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Literally next door to Mike Sauer’s Red Willow Vineyard is the newly designated Vignes de Marcoux Vineyard that has just a few rows of Zinfandel planted on its roasted southern slopes that gets the same detailed attention that it’s famous bigger brother vineyard gets! This wine has the rich fruit, spice complexities and full body that one would expect from this varietal along with the carefully restrained use of oak from 2-3 year old French and American oak barrels. It is a food-friendly style of Zin with its racy acidity balanced against ripe berry fruits. Drinking well now and should hold its quality for 3-4 years. Try with Pesto Pasta.

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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