#newwinethisweek Week 16 – Zinfandel, California
California these days is famous for it’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinots and Chardonnays; but the grape that really put the state on the world wine map was one they can truly call they’re own – Zinfandel. Thanks to Mike for this week’s selection and be sure to follow his thoughts on the subject on his blog, which will also include this week’s poll:
Although Zin is most widely know for producing blockbuster style red wines, the grape has the ability to produce wines in many different styles; from soft red-berry driven guzzlers to robust and full-bodied humdingers, brimming with ripe fruit and dressed with some of the finest most expensive oak available.
Don’t be surprised to see alcohol levels at 15% and above an a Zinfandel label -the grape’s biggest critics complain about the alcohol being “too hot” but I think they just need to man-up and get a steak on the BBQ! But I do have a warning for you all this week… If I hear any murmur of Zinfandel b***h then I will find out where you live, knock on your door and insist on a very serious chat and lifestyle reappraisal!
California has many sub-regions producing fine example of Zin. The area we tend to mostly see on labels in the UK is Lodi, which is home to some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the US; but good wine is also produced in Sonoma, Napa, Mendecino and further south in Paso Robles.
One of my favourite wine facts is that Zinfandel is exactly the same grape variety as Primitivo from the southern-most parts of Italy – so impress your friends with that when you’re enjoying a bottle of Zin with friends this week!
There are a couple of great deals to take advantage of this week so get yourself down to you local wine seller, pick up a bottle of Zinfandel and tell us what you think.
And what better opportunity will I get to open my bottle of Ridge Geyserville?