Wine Tasting - New Releases of Sonoma Zinfandels|
OCTOBER 6TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Sonoma Zinfandels, for inclusion on our list. Zinfandel was for many years somewhat of a mystery grape, as far as its origins are concerned. Recent research in Croatia and at the University of California at Davis, using DNA profiling, has proved Zinfandel is a clone of the Croatian variety Crljenak. While it had been theorized that Zinfandel's genetic twin, the Italian Primitivo, was the source, this grape also originally mutated from Crljenak. Zinfandel came to the United States in 1820, when New York nurseryman George Gibbs carried back various cuttings from the Imperial Austrian plant species collection. Over the next two decades, Zinfandel became a popular table grape in the Northeast U.S. Although there are some commercial claims that Agoston Harazsthy brought Zinfandel to California, records show that a Massachusetts nurseryman introduced it there. In either case, Zinfandel is now considered indigenous to California, where it has thrived since the mid-1850's. Because of its vigor, generosity and resistance to vine disease, many zinfandel vineyards exist that are 75 to 100 or more years old. Zinfandel aficionados believe these "old vines" produce the best wines, because the older vineyards set smaller crops and the grapes tend to ripen more evenly. At its best, Zinfandel (red) has a very fruity, raspberry-like aroma and flavor and a "jammy" quality. Zinfandel is one red varietal that is probably best enjoyed in its youth, within three to five years of the vintage. With more bottle age than this, the luscious fruit that distinguishes Zinfandel drops markedly. Today in Sonoma County there are still Zinfandel vines that are over 100 years-old. Zinfandel's array of stylistic expression makes it amenable to a vast range of foods, from burritos to steak, from burgers to the spiciest of sausages. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Rancho Zabaco, Sonoma County 2010
Big Vine, Dry Creek Valley 2009
Kenwood, "Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2009
Marietta, "Angeli Cuvee, Alexander Valley 2009
Ridge, "Lytton Springs", Dry Creek Valley 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per Person.
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