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Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2007

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Sausal Family Zinfandel is a classic Alexander Valley Zinfandel. Aromas of bright, red fruit and cherry are predominant, but followed with a touch of caramel. Ruby in color, medium body, nice acid and soft tannins round out this delicious Zinfandel.

This wine can be aged four to six years from its release date. We recommend you pair this wine with a creamy cheese pasta alfredo or stroganoff. This wine will also lend itself beautifully to a heavy cheeses like a blue, or a mushroom covered fillet.

Critical Acclaim

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Just beautiful, showing Alexander Valley Zin at its best. Dry and full-bodied, it’s enormously flavorful in spicy wild berries, with a cherry liqueur smoothness. But it’s not high in alcohol, and is throughly balanced and elegant.

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Sausal Winery, , California
Sausal Winery
Almost seventy years ago, farmer Manuele Demostene established a small winery on his Alexander Valley ranch. Like all other vintners at the time, his winery was equipped by Abele Ferrari, California's leading inventor and manufacturer of winemaking equipment. Their children Leo Demostene and Rose Ferrari married and established their own family home and vineyards in the Alexander Valley. In 1956 they purchased Sausal Ranch, a large tract of prime vineyard land just south of Sausal Creek. It is quality, not quantity, which drives all decisions at Sausal Winery. Wine is part of the good life. Our goal, simply stated, is to produce only the best wines possible. From 130 acres of estate-grown fruit, we have "first pick" of the very finest grapes. Although yields from our mostly older, dry-farmed vineyards are very low- on average only two tons per acre- fully two-thirds of our fruit is sold to other vintners each harvest.

Famous for its food-friendly, approachable wines and their storied history, Chianti is perhaps the best-known wine region of Italy. This sub-zone of Tuscany has it all—sweeping views of undulating hills, the hot Mediterranean sun, hearty cuisine, and a rich artistic heritage. Historically packaged in short, round, straw-covered bottles known as “fiaschi” and containing insipid red liquid, Chianti today is typically not your Italian grandfather’s pizza wine. The heart of the Chianti zone is known as Chianti Classico, as the region has expanded its boundaries over time to capitalize on the wine’s fame, thus diluting its reputation. Within Chianti there are seven other subzones with unique characteristics, including Colli Senesi, Colli Fiorentini, and Chianti Rufina.

Chianti wines are made primarily of Sangiovese, with other varieties comprising up to 20% of the blend. Generally, local varieties are used, including Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Marzemino, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah have also been approved in more recent years. Basic, inexpensive Chianti is simple and fruit-forward and makes a great companion to any casual dinner involving red sauce. At its apex, it is savory and rustic with high acidity, firm tannins, and notes of tart red fruit, dried herbs, fennel, salami, balsamic vinegar, and smoky tobacco. Chianti Riserva, typically the top bottling of a producer, can benefit handsomely from a decade or two of cellaring.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

ALL5071145_2007 Item# 105536

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