The 2007 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel is crafted from 35 to 80 year old vines. This medium bodied wine combines the luscious, heady aromas of blackberry, raspberry and spicy oak with the richness of chocolate and jam. Complex flavors of French and American Oak add spice notes to the balanced mouthfeel, leading to a smooth and juicy finish.
Always a crowd pleaser at dinner parties, this wine is also great for simple meals at home. Think pasta with Ragu sauce or ribs directly from the barbeque.
My first impression, as the truck pulled up to the eighty year old Zinfandel vineyards, was, "Wow, those vines sure have some gnarly heads!" Thus began a fifteen year love affair with the Old Vine Zinfandel.
The older Zin vineyards in California were planted before the use of modern trellising techniques and were "head pruned", meaning the shoots that eventually produce the grapes grow directly out of the head of the trunk. The resulting... View More