Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Zinfandel (aka: Primitivo)
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"Smoky flavor envelops a soft supple layering of blackberry and cherry in this wine, that's big, broad and full of heat. A sweetness of oak provokes the fruit"
Foppiano Vineyards are located just south of the township of Healdsburg in Sonoma County California. Foppiano Vineyards have 160 acres in the acclaimed Russian River Valley. Cool morning fog and warm summer days create an ideal microclimate for grape growing.
The Foppiano family has been producing world class fruit on this land since its purchase in 1896. They acquired fame but not fortune in 1927 when zealous prohibition agents determined that the thousands of liters of wine in the winery had been made illegally, consequently the large vats had their taps opened all the wine flowed into the ditch and down to the Russian River, turning it red. Thousands of locals from nearby Healdsburg came out to witness the scenario with cups, pots and pans in hand to retrieve and drink the fine, now wasted wine.
Today, the vineyards are planted to Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc on the warmer bench lands, and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the cooler land close to the Russian River. The 2015 Zinfandel wine is a blend of two of the estate Zinfandel blocks. The fruit was harvested and crushed into open top fermenters. 5% Petite Sirah was also co-fermented with it to accentuate the fruit flavors and pepper aromas. The grapes were fermented for 16 days. The wine was aged in 15% new French Oak and 15% new Hungarian Oak for 14 months.
In the glass, the 2015 Zin has elegantly integrated tannins along with aromas and flavors of red fruit, plums, pepper and baking spices, it is an awesome pairing partner with grilled beef ribs.
About the Producer
Healdsburg, California, United States