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Zinfandel and Zinfandel Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
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Grgich’s Zinfandel is sourced from one vineyard, a 34-acre parcel above Calistoga that is the warmest of their vineyard sites. With its northeast exposure, the sloping landscape catches abundant morning light, but is shaded from the hot, late afternoon sun. Aspect, in combination with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils, makes this the perfect spot to grow heat-loving Zinfandel. Like all of Grgich’s vineyards, it is farmed naturally and Certified Organic.
The winery practices minimal-intervention winemaking, fermenting the grapes with indigenous yeast at moderate temperatures that allow the wine to develop flavour and colour from extended skin contact. In this case, Zinfandel was co-fermented with a touch of Petite Sirah to add complexity and structure, then pressed off skins early to retain fresh fruit character. The wine matured in large oak casks for 15 months so that the toasted, spicy flavours were well-integrated, but not overwhelming.
“The 2014 Zinfandel from Grgich Hills opens with lovely aromas of red cherries and plums woven together with peppercorn, spices, earthy tones and hints of forrest floor. On the palate this possesses an inviting round texture backed by a nice touch of underlying acidity. Flavors of cherries and plums and spices continue to leave a lasting impression on the finish.”
90 points, International Wine Report, Jan 2018