Javelina Leap Vineyards and Winery Zinfandel 2012
A perfect example of quality at high elevation—with an otherwise extremely hot and dry climate—Arizona’s best wines come from vineyards at 4,000 to 5,000 feet. At these elevations, large diurnal temperature shifts allow grapes to fully ripen while retaining good acidity levels.
Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.