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Zinfandel RESERVE 2001

Zinfandel RESERVE 2001 Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: This wine is sourced from two old-vine, west side Zinfandel vineyards. Planted in the 1970s, Beckwith Vineyard lies in a very cool swale that makes for late ripening and the associated intense flavor. The soils are nutrient-rich clay and calcareous shale on hillsides ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 feet in elevation. Red Head Ranch was originally known as the Klintworth Vineyard. Planted in 1895, Red Head is one of the two original vineyards of Paso Robles. This vineyard produces a dry-farmed field blend with low yields and intensely flavored berries. The result of the two vineyard blend is an extraordinary example of permanent mouth-coating red wine, and represents a selection of the best 10 barrels from 121 available. This highly aromatic wine with deep, long lasting flavors captures maximum old-vine character.

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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