2006 ZINFANDEL SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $35.00
club price: $28.00
available:Yes
cases:not available
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 25, 2010
date profiled:Oct 19, 2011
region:Sierra Foothills
AVA:Shenandoah Valley
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:25.2°
alcohol:14.4%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:20% New  
oak aging: 16 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
zinfandel 80% Shenandoah Valley
petite sirah 11% Shenandoah Valley
cabernet franc 9% Shenandoah Valley
 
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Winemaker Chaim Gur-Arieh Notes
The “Southern Exposure” designation for our wines denotes that we feel the wine has very special qualities. We feel the 2006 Zinfandel sourced from the very best Shenandoah Valley vineyards, including the Grandpere and Gunther, is worthy of this designation. The Gunther vineyard is approximately 41 years old while the original Grandpere vineyard contains vines over 139 years old. Their roots quietly dug deep down into granitic soils once again, as they have for over a century, to produce exceptionally complex fruit.

We took this fruit and utilized our thoroughly modern stainless steel Submerged Cap Fermentation Tanks to fully extract every nuanced flavor from the berries. We then aged the wine in French oak. Throughout th ...more... e process we were careful to minimize harsh tannins, while still providing a solid backbone for ageing potential.

Deep violet in color the wine has an elegant nose that begins with blackberry, plum, and dark cherries. Under this dark fruit are opulent layers of vanilla, cedar, anise, spice, and dried flowers. Layers of cracked black pepper, cloves, and briar accompany the rounded tannins. The wine finishes with velvety smoothness and sweet cherries.
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