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Teira Zinfandel 2016

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    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of ripe raspberry and bramble mingle with earthy notes and hints of toasty French oak. The wine’s crystalline entry adds flavors of black plum and cherry, leading to an expansive mid-palate and a long, firm finish. The fruit and oak come together in one harmonious whole, with well-resolved tannins and a great sense of structure.

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    Bring together the founder of Clos du Bois Wines and Julia Child and what do you get? Daniel Donahoe, owner/founder of Teira Wines. Daniel grew up around Julia before setting out on a journey to west coast to intern at Cakebread Cellars. In 2001, Daniel and his wife Alexis, who happens to be the daughter of the founder of Clos Du Bois (Frank Woods), started Teira Wines, named after their two daughters, Thea and Keira – “Teira.” Daniel hired his good friend and winemaker Bill Knuttel to make Teira Wines from his father-in-laws original Clos Du Bois Vineyard, right in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, CA. On this property, they grow Sauvignon Blanc, the flagship of Teira as well as Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot.

    Nestled between W. Dry Creek Road and the Dry Creek itself, visitors can experience an exuberant Daniel Donahoe with glasses of wine, shotguns and some skeet shooting.

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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    Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In 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.

    Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

    Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quakity like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol.

    Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

    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 Secrets for Zinfandel

    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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