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Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the variety Primitivo traditionally grown in the "heel" of Italy, where it was introduced in the mid 1800’s. The grape found its way to the United States in the late-18th century, and became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name of uncertain origin. It was first grown in hot houses for fresh grapes but became a winemaker’s favorite when it got to California in the 1830’s
A luscious wine produced from the cool 2011 vintage. The extra hang time gave the grapes much more flavor and texture. Explore the peppery back tones and the chocolaty vanilla flavors. The taste is very smooth with lots of roundness. Starting with the spicy beginning followed by red berry jammy finish and plenty of new oak this is a great example of cool year in a warm area. The wine has great structure and can cellar for several more years. If consumed earlier, a splash in a decanter to give it a bit of air, will soften the tannins for perfect drinking.
Food Pairings & Recipes
Zinfandel wines have incredible depth and concentration of berry fruit flavors and spicy notes, so serve with herbaceous beef stews, grilled vegetables and red pepper pesto.
2008 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
2012 Beverage testing institute 85 Points
2012 California state fair wine competition, 85 pts, Bronze Medal
2012 San Francisco International wine competition, Bronze Medal
2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Awards, Bronze
2005 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
2009 Amenti del vino - Silver medal
2009 Indy International Wine Competition - Silver medal
2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Silver medal
2009 Long Beach Grand Cru - Bronze medal
2009 El Dorado County Fair - Bronze medal
2004 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
2007 California State Fair Double Gold Medal, Best of Class
2007 California zinfandel Championship, Bronze Medal
2007 Central California wine competition, Silver Medal