Black grape grown almost exclusively in California which produces full-throttle, intense wines showing black fruit, raisin and a certain spiciness. The grape was brought to California during the Gold Rush and became widely planted because it thrived in California's hot, dry climate. Some of these original vines are still producing today, albeit in miniscule quantities. Recent DNA analysis has confirmed that Zinfandel is identical to Primitivo, from the Puglian region of Italy, but also that both grapes are the same as a fairly rare, ancient Croatian grape known as Tribidrag.
This wine is everything for which classic Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley Zinfandels are renowned. Extended fruit maceration (up to 30 days) and generous oak treatment (12 months in American and French barrels) has resulted in a pretty big yet dry red.
Aromas of currant, cassis and spice box give way to a palate of freshly picked ripe cherry and hints of earth. Fine tannins, an elegant mouthfeel and focused acidity lead to a long finish, creating a delightful wine to pair with cured meats, duck confit, and roasted pork loin, as well as cream-based pastas and semi-soft cheeses. 15.4%
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