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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
79% ZINFANDEL, 21% PETITE SIRAH
After two years of full yields, this Spring Mountain
District vineyard above Napa Valley set a very small
crop in 2008. Despite mild summer weather, the grapes
were ripe by Labor Day, two weeks earlier than usual.
Harvest began September 5 with the young zinfandel,
and ended the next week with the thirty-six year old
petite sirah; individual parcels fermented separately on
their natural yeasts. We pressed as the wines went dry,
at eleven days on average. Following natural malolactic,
we tasted the finished wines, selecting the five most
intense to represent the vintage. The combined lots then
aged for fourteen months in air-dried american oak. This
full-bodied wine shows the rustic flavors and firm
structure typical of zinfandel from York Creek. It will
evolve over the next seven to eight years.
"Another iconic site from Ridge, the 2008 Zinfandel York Creek (79% Zinfandel and 21% Petite Sirah, tipping the scales at 14.9% alcohol) displays plenty of boysenberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit notes, a healthy dark ruby/purple color similar to the other wines, but more earth, tannin, structure and grip. This is not as forward and elegant as the Lytton Springs, nor as exuberant and flamboyant as the Pagani Ranch. It is almost a Zinfandel with a Cabernet Sauvignon soul and structure. Give it another year or so of aging and drink it over the next decade. "
The Wine Advocate
Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge...Read More About Ridge Vineyards
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
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...Read More About Zinfandel
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