Artezin Zinfandel 2008
41% Amador County (Sierra Foothills) 32% Mendocino County (North Coast) 27% Sonoma County
About Mendocino, Amador and Sonoma Counties:
Mendocino's Mediterranean climate is notable for warmer days, which provide optimal ripening conditions, giving this wine its fruit-forward flavors, while cool evenings help the Zinfandel retain balanced acidity and moderate tannin structure. The ripe fruit from Amador County provides its jammy notes, while Sonoma County grapes give the wine spicy notes of clove, nutmeg and allspice, with hints of black pepper.
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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.