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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
(search item no. 121008)
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PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Gnarly Head 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel is made from gnarled 35 to 80 year-old head trained vines. Fruit from these unruly branches is intense and powerful, and as some of the oldest in California, these brash old vines produce exceptional, full flavored grapes. The intrepid Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, dark raspberry and black cherry flavors with layers of spice and chocolate balanced by complex French and American oak toast.

Try pairing this wine with braised short ribs, chicken enchiladas, or dark chocolate.

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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".