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Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2016

Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Grown in high-elevation vineyards overlooking the Russian River where vineyards ripen evenly and fully. Grapes are sourced from both Ukiah Valley and Redwood Valley. Mendocino County Zinfandel is known for its jammy berry quality. The Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel is the perfect flavor marriage with tastes of boysenberry preserves, black pepper, and orange marmalade. Always Certified Organically Grown – California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).









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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
I have known Paul Dolan for more than two decades (maybe more) and, he has always been one of the most serious and dedicated vintners that I ever met. The 2016 Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel is an amazingly well-balanced wine at the 15.0% alcohol level. I don't know how he does it, but he has done it right. This wine shines with pure red raspberries and tart blackberries in its aromas and flavors. Enjoy the wine's palate richness and perky finish with lightly spiced grilled pork ribs. (Tasted: January 24, 2018, San Francisco, CA USA)
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Paul Dolan Vineyards

Paul Dolan Vineyards

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Paul Dolan Vineyards, California
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Paul Dolan Vineyards wines are unique expressions of carefully nurtured vineyard sites made manifest in each bottle. In organic farming, we do without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system.

Our winegrowing practices create small lots of elegant wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live, and the people who live here.

Paul Dolan Vineyards – Premium Organic & Biodynamic Wine from Mendocino County.

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Mendocino

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A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.

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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 journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 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.

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