Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2004

Zinfandel from California

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Item No. 83703
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Winemaker's Notes

This old vine Zinfandel has a concentrated nose of spice, cherry and plum. It offers a jammy rich mouthfeel with great nuances of French and Hungarian oak. Soft tannins add to the luscious texture of this delightful wine. These compact berries produce wines that explode on impact in the mouth, with layers of blackberries, cassis and liquorice. Great with hearty pasta dishes, spicy barbecue ribs or your own favorite beef dish.

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K.O. Munley - Greenville, SC (read all my reviews)

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(9/21/2010)
I picked up a bottle of Gnarly on a whim during my last trip to the wine shop (I liked the logo art and the description). For the price, I figured, why not? I'm so glad I did. This is a gentle wine that is full of flavor. Take everyone's advice and let it breathe for an hour or so before dipping in, though. I didn't and as a result the spice really shone through. Still a great wine and one that I'll be targeting and bragging about from now on. Oh, and I'll second the call to redesign the horrendous cork. My advice, screw in near the edge of the bottle to break the seal a bit. Worked for me, might for you. Enjoy.
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(11/12/2012)
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Learn About Gnarly Head

My first impression, as the truck pulled up to the eighty year old Zinfandel vineyards, was, "Wow, those vines sure have some gnarly heads!" Thus began a fifteen year love affair with the Old Vine Zinfandel.

The older Zin vineyards in California were planted before the use of modern trellising techniques and were "head pruned", meaning the shoots that eventually produce the grapes grow directly out of the head of the trunk. The resulting vines look more like a bush than the normally well-manicured rows of neatly trained along posts and wires – and they do have "Gnarly Heads".

Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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