About This Wine
The California Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of people to California.
When they weren’t seeking their fortunes panning for gold, those people needed food. And even in the mid-1800s, when folks needed food, they also needed wine. Because it thrived in California’s climate and soils, Zinfandel was widely planted.
Although its origins remain a matter of debate — some believe it’s a native grape, others opine that it came from Italy, while scientific evidence now points to Croatia — there’s no question that Zinfandel is “the unofficial official winegrape” of the Golden State. And Longstreet Winery makes a particularly tasty rendition of Zin.
Longstreet’s 2009 vintage is a blend that consists of 87% Zinfandel and 13% other red varieties. Those other varieties were added to tame the extremely spicy quality of the Zin grapes and make the finished wine more food-friendly. It was a wise move, as Longwood’s 2009 Zin is so delicious it’s like drinking liquid gold.
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.
- Grape Composition:87% Zinfandel and 13% Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Jammy Red Fruits, Crushed Berries and Cranberry
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionpizza, or pasta dishes.
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