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Preston Vineyards VZN1 Zinfandel 2015

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    14.3% ABV
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    14.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of white pepper and a slightly tarry component jump out of the glass. A rustic plum character and traces of dried flowers and herbs complement the sensations of red berries and red currant on the palate.

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    Preston Vineyards, California
    Preston Vineyards was founded by Lou and Susan Preston in 1973 with the conversion of an old prune orchard and dehydrator. From those rather crude beginnings evolved a vineyard, a winery and a philosophy grounded in the soils and traditions of Dry Creek Valley. We have a slightly different slant on wines and the wine industry. Part of our story is what we don't do. We don't make Chardonnay, we discontinued Cabernet, and have never made White Zin. I know, blasphemy. We are farmers at heart and approach winemaking as the logical end point of the growing cycle. All our wines are estate grown. We accept as an imperative the responsible husbandry of our soils and farm organically to the extent possible; we have used no insecticides for the past decade. We view ourselves as participants in a dynamic continuum of winemaking here in Dry Creek Valley and respond to historical precedent as well as creative inspiration in the development of our product line.
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    Dry Creek Valley

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    A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

    Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

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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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