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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.

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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 bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

    Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its importation to New England by George Gibbs, probably in 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

    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, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

    EPC30567_2012 Item# 165170