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Zinfandel 2001

Zinfandel 2001 Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: This Zinfandel is sourced from three west side vineyards, all are dry-land farmed, head pruned mature plantings on nutrient-rich clay and calcareous hillsides at 1400 to 1700 ft elevations. Old Bailey was planted in the 1960's, Martinelli in the 1920's and Ueberroth in the 1890's. This is our finest effort since 1995, some six vintages previously. With the vines' ages come deep roots, small berries, ridiculously low yields and concentrated fruit flavors. When harvested at optimum ripeness, the grapes become a vivacious, peppery, wild bramble-berry fruited wine. A big, bold, spicy, traditional Zin lovers' Zinfandel. Worthy of deep zin contemplation!

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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