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St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel
|CATEGORY||Zinfandel Mardi gras|
There are strict criteria in the vineyard for fruit to qualify as old vines Zinfandel. The vines must be at least 50 years old (many are as old as 100) and they must be dry farmed and head trained without the benefit of trellising. These ancient, head-pruned vines tend to produce small quantities of exceptionally concentrated fruit. The grapes are handpicked, crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. After pressing, the wine is pumped into French and American oak barrels for aging, with additional bottle aging before release. TASTING NOTE Deep aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries are laced with spice and toasted oak notes in this full-bodied wine of velvet tannins and a long finish. FOOD PAIRING Pair with barbecue, blue cheese and cheeseburgers. POINTS OF DISTINCTION A classic old vines Zinfandel—fruit comes from 50- to 100-year-old vines Matured for 12 to 15 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor Excellent with barbecue