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Dunning Ridge Top Zinfandel 2012

Zinfandel from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    “Ridge Top” Zinfandel is a rich, full-bodied wine with classic flavors of raspberry pie, plum and spice. A nice touch of French oak adds length to the soft, lingering finish.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Dunning Vineyards

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    Dunning Vineyards, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    In 1996, the Orange County wine competition awarded Dunning Vineyards their first Gold Medal! Since then they have been given many awards including 90-POINT RATINGS from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, James Suckling/Wine Spectator and Steven Tanzer International Wine Reviews. Robert came to the area from Malibu and Jo-Ann from the Pacific Palisades in 1991. They enjoy and live on their 40-acre property with their son Garrett (who is now living in SLO and in his second year in College!) and puppy Ralphie. The Winery currently produces 2500 cases annually.

    Willow Creek District

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    Growing on high elevation bedrock slopes, the vineyards of Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA sit at between 960 and 1,900 feet in elevation.

    Zinfandel

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    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

    Sommelier Secret

    Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

    EPC30567_2012 Item# 165170