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Rabbit Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2000

Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Our Rabbit Ridge Westside Collection is named for the desirable Westside area of Paso Robles located in the Central Coast of California. The Westside's unique micro climate, coastal influence and higher elevation combined with marginally fertile soil create the perfect setting for producing the highest quality grapes we demand for our wines. Equally attractive aspects are the active limestone and rocky calcareous hillsides like the great vineyards in Italy and France. Implementing years of fine winemaking techniques and influenced by the great beauty of Italy, Winemaker, Erich Russell created this collection to reflect his passion for Tuscany and the Westside's similar beauty. We feel so strongly about the noteworthy Westside location of Paso Robles that we planted all of our vineyards on this supreme terrain. We hope you enjoy this wine from our Paso Robles Westside Collection. 1200 cases made.

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    Rabbit Ridge, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    Founded in 1981, this Sonoma winery now produces around 160,000 cases of wine each year. Each lot of wine is fermented separately and continuously evaluated to create a large array of unique and outstanding wines from many rare and unusual varietals.

    Paso Robles

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    Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, fruity, and powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

    This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

    Zinfandel

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    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

    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 vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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