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Medusa Henry's House Zinfandel 2005

Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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    This vineyard is named for one of Amador's early settlers Henry Modani, who broke ground and completed his home in 1920. Located on a northern exposure and at a slightly higher elevation, red soils and gentle morning sun create a unique Amador microclimate. This combination lends to a brightness and lively acidity complemented by black cobbler fruits with undertones of raspberry and elegant tannin structure.

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    Medusa, , California
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    Gnarled, twisted old Zinfandel vines were the inspiration behind the Medusa wines logo, named for the snake-haired figure of Greek mythology. Founders Patti Hoffman and Lydia Mondavi also liked the name because it means sovereign female wisdom. What could be wiser than creating single-vineyard Zins from the finest old-vine vineyards in California?

    For their national debut, winemakers for Medusa, Paul Hoffman and Rob Mondavi, sourced four different Zinfandel wines from prime growing regions: Pig Pen Vineyard and Henry's House Vineyard on the Deaver Ranch in Amador County; Lover's Lane Vineyard in Mendocino; and the Creekside Block of Bar 49 Vineyard in northeast Napa Valley. Each of these sites contributes distinctive, intensely concentrated character for four truly unique Zinfandel expressions.

    Medusa produced its first vintage in 2003 to high praise and acclaim, and picked up momentum through association with Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). At a recent ZAP event in San Francisco, Medusa was chosen as a standout, and fans of the label aren't shy about showing their support. Instead of the fake Medusa tattoos handed out at the events for fun, several enthusiasts have opted for the real thing!

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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    Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

    In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

    MNC13109F_2005 Item# 97471

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