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Trinitas Cellars Russian River Zinfandel 2000

Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

An intriguing wild berry essence permeates this wine's aroma profile while additional aromas of spices and blackberries support this intensely concentrated wine. Complex Zinfandel flavors of berries, pepper, vanilla, chocolate and a mineral component combine for maximum flavor impact. Built to age gracefully for many years, this wine can be enjoyed now with a grilled tri-tip or marinated rib-eye steak.

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Trinitas Cellars

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Trinitas Cellars, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
Dedicated to bringing historical California vineyards and varietals to the forefront of winemaking, Trinitas Cellars specializes in handcrafted Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). Winemaker Matt Cline yields to his California heritage in his quest for the perfect wine.

A firm belief in the trinity of wine – sun, soil and the human influence working together – has brought about the partnership of Tim and Steph Busch, Matt and Erin Cline and the Ray and Bette Rodeno families that founded Trinitas Cellars

Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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 County, 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 specimen of the vine and acted as the source of its importation to New England by George Gibbs, probably in 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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