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2016 Fossil Canyon Paso Robles Zinfandel

2016 Fossil Canyon Paso Robles Zinfandel Zoom

This fruitful wine offers impressions of red raspberry, red cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, clove and spice.

Varietal: Zinfandel Vintage: 2016
Brand: Fossil Canyon
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About This Wine

Zinfandel was introduced to California during the Gold Rush.

That would have been somewhere between 1852 and 1857. It quickly became a favorite grape among both farmers and winemakers because it seemingly would thrive almost everywhere it was planted. California’s climate and soils seemed to be perfect matches for the variety.

Today, Zinfandel is the third-leading wine grape variety in the Golden State, with more than 44,400 acres planted and 416,615 tons crushed in 2016, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. It is grown in 45 of California’s 58 counties.

The grapes for the 2016 Fossil Creek Zinfandel were grown in a certified sustainable vineyard in the San Juan Creek District of Paso Robles. That’s in the east-central portion of the AVA, where the hot summer days provide ideal conditions for growing the variety. The finished wine is all about the fruit, with luscious flavors satiating the palate.

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

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  • Grape Composition:95.1% Zinfandel and 4.9% Petite Sirah
  • Grape Source:Paso Robles, California
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red Raspberry, Red Cherry, Boysenberry, Blackberry, Clove and Spice
  • Aging Vessels:Hungarian and French Oak Barrels for 14 Months
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:clove-rubbed leg of lamb, or pork tenderloin with a wild mushroom ragout.

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    • Rating: 5

    I don't usually like Pinot Noir, as they sometimes taste watered down, but this one was yummy! It had a complex, full body and a nice peppery finish.

    8/09/2018 Charles S.
    • Arrowbear Lake, CA
    • Rater Rank 283
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4.0
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    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    Good wine

    7/09/2018 Robert S.
    • Novato, CA
    • Rater Rank 589
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 2.3
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    ok

    7/05/2018 Juan C.
    • Chula Vista, CA
    • Rater Rank 119
    • Number of Ratings 12
    • Average 3.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    little sweet for my taste, but it was good.

    6/27/2018 Stewart B.
    • Trophy Club, TX
    • Rater Rank 128
    • Number of Ratings 12
    • Average 3.3
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again

Recipes.

17 recipes match for this wine.

  • Chestnut Cake You don't have to wait until Christmas to enjoy chestnuts. Try this recipe with Zinfandel Primitivo for a special dessert. It makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on who's wielding the knife. CHESTNUT CAKE Ingredients... Get The Recipe
    Grilled Figs With Gorgonzola Summer may be waning, but the grilling season continues. Petite Sirah, Zinfandela bold red blend would match nicely with this dish, which makes a wonderful starter course. This recipe makes enough to fill a party pass-around platter... Get The Recipe
    Sausage Jambalaya This recipe makes a great meal, especially on a cold day. Try it with Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you'd like to save a few fat grams, substitute turkey sausage for the beef. This recipe makes 8 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pulled Pork Sandwich What to do with that leftover pork tenderloin? Turn it into a delicious sandwich, and pour a glass of... Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
  • Broccoli Sweet Onion And Pecan Salad A flavorful salad that matches with both white and red wines - particularly Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Shiraz - this recipe makes 6 servings as a side dish,about 3 as a main dish. Get The Recipe
    Marinated London Broil This dish, the centerpiece of a sit-down dinner, matches beautifully with Zinfandel and other fruity red wines. Get The Recipe
    Summer Berry Cobbler Desserts can be tricky to match with wine, but when berries are involved, the quest becomes easier. Try this recipe, which makes 6 to 8 servings, with a fruitful Zinfandel,almost any slightly sweet wine... Get The Recipe
    Beef Rib Eye With Sweet Onion Topping This dish pairs beautifully with Syrah a.k.a. Shiraz, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and red blends. This recipe makes 4 servings Get The Recipe
    Veal Lasagne This recipe, which makes 4 servings, matches beautifully with Zinfandel - red, that is. Get The Recipe
  • Tomato Pesto Pasta A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other red wines, and serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Boeuf Bourgogne This family-sized recipe hails from the Burgundy region of France. It matches beautifully with California Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Radicchio Risotto Try this dish with a big red wine such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
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