Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2005

Zinfandel from California

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Item No. 87646
  • red wine
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel is crafted from grapes from 35 to 80 year old vines. Rich, dark berry flavors from the small grape clusters are balanced with French, American and Hungarian oak, which creates layers of plum, pepper, cola and chocolate. This luscious combination provides a lingering and spicy finish. This wine pairs well with barbecue, pizza, hearty pastas, chili and ribs.

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RBol - Binghamton, NY (read all my reviews)

I was looking for something new to try and stumbled upon this at the wine and spirits shop. Needless to say I'm very glad I picked it up as it has become my favorite all around wine. It's a nice full bodied wine, but far from over powering. The first time I had this was while eating Chinese food, and I was surprised at how well it paired with the spicy and citrusy foods I was eating.
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D. Daniels - Randolph, VT (read all my reviews)

The wine is easily drinkable with a number of dishes. I find it is nice with Thai food, Mexican food, meats, cheeses, and pastas. Everyone finds it agreeable. The only problem is the's a plastic cork that sometimes has the tendency to have the corkscrew come right out without having pulled the cork out with it....annoying.
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This is one of our favorite zins. My wife and I like to cook spicy foods, such as Mexican and BBQ... Gnarly Head stands up well to the spice each time. It's good to drink by itself too!
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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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