Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Aromas of black pepper, spice and mocha perfectly complement the bold fruit essences of raspberry apparent in this full flavored Los Chamizal Zinfandel. The black fruit flavors are particularly deep and mouth-filling and lead to a long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Jammy and well-structured, with wild berry and fresh underbrush aromas and sleek yet complex flavors of black cherry, smoky white pepper and sage. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 432 cases made."
Haywood Estates Los Chamizal Vineyard overlooks the historic town of Sonoma in the southern reaches of the Mayacamas Mountains. Guided by founder Peter Haywood, Los Chamizal Vineyard produced its first crush in 1980, and so began the legacy of robust, elegant Zinfandels.
The soils are shallow - six inches to two feet – giving way to fractured red rock or volcanic tuft soil. The low nutrient levels contribute to the intense character of the wines by limiting growth and restricting leaf production. Cooling wind and fog off the mountain and from nearby San Francisco Bay keep the days temperate and the nights cool. The vineyard is comprised of eight blocks, two of which have been separated out due to their unique and distinctive characters: Rocky Terrace and Morning Sun. View all Haywood Winery Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt'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 GuideMost 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%.
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Earthy & Spicy
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- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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