Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Black Sears Zinfandel

Black Sears Zinfandel Wine Details

Description: Currents and Blackberries are mixed with exotic spices of cardamom, cinnamon, and white pepper. The initial fruit and spice mix gives way to coffee, cocoa and a touch of smoke. Exceedingly complex, this wine is a surprise to the palate, seemingly running in many directions at once. Despite the cacophony of interesting flavors, the wine is rich and smooth from beginning to end, offering an underlying creamy richness that carries the various fruit and spice components from initial attack through the long and elegant finish. This is a wine that offers a study in the possibilities of Zinfandel, pushing the bounds of flavor to areas where Zinfandel is not generally found.

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)!


Back to Howell at the Moon Winery information