Zinfandel is one of the classic wines of California, where it has been popular since Gold Rush days. Whether fruity or spicy, Zinfandel is a hearty red with a wonderful pour. Here are two great wines to enjoy.
Old Vine Zinfandel
The 2017 harvest commenced in early August and due to cooler weather, continued slowly. Warm days contrasted with cool nights let to riper flavors at low sugar levels and an incredible brightness and fresh acidity in the fruit.
Zinfandel readily takes on a distinct character unique to the region in which it is grown. We prize the many face of Zinfandel and find that blending across appellations creates wines layered with fruit, spice and floral components. From Sonoma County to Lake County to Solano and Lodi, each region adds a lively and complimentary dimension to this fragrant and luscious wine.
Color: Ruby red in color
Nose: Bright pomegranate and notes of rose petals jump out of the glass
Palate: Strawberry and plum fruit dominate on the entry and lead to a plush mid-palate of dark red cherries complimented by earthy dimensions of sandalwood, fresh bay leaf and chocolate
Food pairings: Grilled Panini with Gruyere and sun dried tomato slices, crusty rustic sourdough bread dipped in olive oil, barbeque tri-tip and artichoke ravioli
XYZin celebrates the distinction and elegance of the Zinfandel grape. Though its origins are in Croatia, Zinfandel has uniquely become California’s signature grape. The North Coast is home to some of the most historic plantings of Zinfandel in the state. Sonoma, Lake and Solano Counties are all home to plantings that date back over 100 years. This winery sources from both historic and modern plantings with aim to blend the best that each vineyard has to offer. The spectrum of fruit, spice and candied flavors found in this robust varietal range form indulgent to refined and make the wine pair with a variety of foods and occasions.
Grape variety: Zinfandel
Sub appellation: Sonoma County, Lake County, Mendocino County, Solano County, Lodi
Blend: 80 percent Zinfandel, 10 percent Petite Sirah, 10% percent Syrah
Cases produced: 5400
Release date: October 2018
Alcohol: 14.5 percent
The last word in Zinfandel!
Reserve Zinfandel 2015
The 2015 season yielded exceptional quality fruit in smaller quantities than the previous three vintages. We were blessed with wonderful California weather the entire season with a warm, dry spring, which led to very early bloom and set. The result was record early harvesting dates. The crop looked beautiful with looser clusters than normal and small berries that yielded robust flavors.
XYZin Wines dry farmed, head trained Zinfandel vines stand on the western valley floor of the Dry Creek Valley. Dappled sunlight, moderate crop load, and expert vineyard management by the family who has farmed this site for generations combine to produce fruit that displays the elegance of the Zinfandel variety.
Color: Cranberry red
Nose: White pepper, ripe boysenberry with subtle hits of cinnamon
Palate: Blackberry, minty sweetness, Santa Rosa plum, toffee and cocoa
Food Pairings: Perfect with roasted tomato bruschetta, pasta with chanterelle mushrooms, and roasted meats and vegetables.
Zinfandel is the perfect fireside or grill-side companion. The unmistakable briar fruit and baking spice signatures of the varietal and enhanced when grown in the legendary Dry Creek Valley, the region that has brought this grape such renown. The strata of sweet/tart fruit, licorice, clove and spearmint, along with back notes of tarragon and thyme, collude to offer a luxurious bouquet and sumptuous palate structure.
Grape variety: Zinfandel
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Blend: 94.9 percent Zinfandel with other traditional blenders including 4 percent Petite Sirah, 1.1 percent Syrah
Cases produced: 545
Release date: Winter 2018
Alcohol: 15.3 percent
RS: 0.4 percent
Red Zinfandels have a lighter body than other red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The high tannins make it bolder than a Pinot Noir, which makes it a perfect introduction to red wines. Enjoy!