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Mountain View Winery Clockspring Zinfandel 2006

Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The Clockspring Zinfandel incorporates some of the younger plantings on the property resulting in moderate alcohol, but it still exhibits the unique depth of flavor, color and structure akin to Amador Zinfandel. The classic ripe varietal berry and black plum flavors as well as the "port-like" aromas are evident in this release. Extended aging in American oak barrels averaging 14 months has softened the harsh tannins and a "moderate" alcohol level for the region enhances drinkability.

    The 2006 Clockspring Zinfandel is expected to improve in the bottle with up to 5 years of additional cellaring. It should be served at a cool cellar temperature to complement a wide variety of grilled or roasted meats and lightly spiced entrees. This release offers outstanding value in a whimsical package.

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    Mountain View Winery, , California
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    This outstanding 350 acre property is nestled in the Sierra Foothills in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County. The original plantings date back to 1973, and grower Frank Alviso employs both organic and dry farming techniques. Clockspring Vineyard is the largest planting of Zinfandel in the region, and it has been the source of many memorable wines for the past 25 years. The average elevation of the vineyard is 1600 feet, and it features rich, well drained, Sierra series (decomposed granitic) soils.

    Mountain View Vintners began the association with the vineyard in 1982. Although the winery is best known for offering some of the finest varietal, appellation specific values from California in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Merlot, the Amador Zinfandel has emerged as our signature item. The initial release of 2003 was limited to 3200 cases, but the availability grew rapidly with the 2006 vintage to 12,000 cases.

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    Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

    With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

    HNYCLKZIL06C_2006 Item# 98700

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