Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2008
Zinfandel from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 13.7% abv
David Georges' viticulture experience helps him select the optimal time to harvest the grapes from the Oakley Old Zinfandel Vines that provide the base for this wine. He enjoys dusting the distinctive red sand from his boots as he walks the vineyard during harvest each year. Long hot days balanced by the cool San Francisco bay fog each night create the optimal environment to grow Zinfandel. Being from Old Vines, the yield from each harvest is naturally limited, which translates into intense fruit flavors. Combining cool fermentation and American oak barrel aging techniques creates a versatile wine that delivers plum jam flavors, with spice and dry herb notes from the American oak, and food-friendly alcohol levels that deliver a firm but not over-powering finish.
Old Vine Zinfandel showcases the best of what California Zinfandel vineyards
have to offer in every glass: vibrant color, intense fruit flavors in a full-bodied wine with well-managed tannins that provide a lingering finish. Making the most of what California land delivers has always inspired artisan winemaker, David Georges. After starting his career at a California organic vegetable farm that planted a small vineyard, David was inspired to study viticulture at UC Davis. At Davis, he discovered that he enjoyed winemaking as much as vineyard management, and graduated with a dual degree. "Winemaking allows me to bring my passion for nature, art and science together every day.
With Boho, I really enjoy the harmony created by the youthful expressiveness
typical of Zinfandel fruit and the distinguished character from the Old Vines."
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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 wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.