Turley Dogtown Zinfandel 1999
Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 16.3%
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%.
"Guess who let the dogs out? The finest effort yet produced from the amusingly named Dogtown Vineyard, the 1999 Zinfandel (600 cases, 16% alcohol) is great stuff. Blackberries, kirsch liqueur, spice, and pepper are present in this flamboyant, muscular, smooth fruit bomb. With low acidity, ripe tannin, and well-integrated wood."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated dark ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of blackberry, raspberry and pepper. Huge, thick and seamless, with powerful, very deep berry flavors. Packs quite an alcoholic wallop. In-your-face, unrefined zinfandel for fans of monster wines. The crop level here was less than a half-ton per acre due to extensive frost in April, and this wine alcohol is about 16.3%."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Napa Valley
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...
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Learn About Zinfandel
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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