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2005 Chateau Julien “Private Reserve” Monterey County Zinfandel

2005 Chateau Julien “Private Reserve” Monterey County Zinfandel Zoom

Complex and full-bodied, this wine offers impressions of blackberry, raspberry, chocolate, spice, black currant, clove and cedar.

Varietal: Zinfandel Vintage: 2005
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About This Wine

At Chateau Julien, owners Bob and Patty Brower and winemaker Bill Anderson are committed to quality.

Anderson has been with the Browers since the winery opened in 1982. Schooled at Stanford and the University of California at Davis, he now has more than 25 harvests under his belt — the kind of experience that leads to consistently wonderful wines.

"Elegance is what I keep in mind in winemaking," says Anderson. "Simple, straightforward, clean — the truth is evident without frivolity. If you have good grapes and treat them well, do all the details every day and let the wines do what they naturally do, you will have a good product."

Anderson certainly paid attention to the details in crafting Chateau Julien's 2005 "Private Reserve" Zinfandel. It's at once luscious and bold, and brimming with ripe fruit flavors. It's a delicious example of what can be achieved when everyone from the vineyard workers to the winemaker is focused on making a top-quality product.

About Zinfandel

California's own grape variety. Red Zinfandel (not to be confused with "white" Zinfandel) can produce full-bodied wines packed with ripe berry fruit and smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberries and spicy pepper.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Zinfandel
  • Grape Source:Estate Vineyard in South Monterey County, Calif.
  • Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Raspberry, Chocolate, Spice, Black Currant, Clove & Cedar
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2010
  • Food Pairing Suggestionlamb stew, or short ribs.

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    Opaque color. Dense, rich fruit flavors disguise 16% alcohol. In the beer world, we'd call this an "imperial" zinfandel.

    4/17/2010 Scott Reich
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    • Number of Ratings 193
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