2011 Gamba "Old Vine - Estate" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1125055

One-half ton per acre yields were nothing to crow about back when this vineyard was planted, in around 1900. And this old vineyard, now owned by Gus Gamba, who worked with Dick Arrowood for years, only puts out that much fruit after care and attention. But it's all worth it. Minimalist winemaking enables the old vine character to show through in this 2011 Zinfandel from Gamba. A cool maceration to extract fruit character happened before fermentation on indigenous yeast. The wine was aged in new American oak barrels for 12-16 months before bottling. From the winery: "Brilliant ruby- garnet in color, this classic Old Vine Russian River Zinfandel features distinct aromas of red berries, cranberries, cherries, Asian spice, and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, our Estate Zinfandel is balanced with a proportionate flavor profile of ripe raspberry, cherry, cocoa and vanilla cream with subtle hints of cedar and oak that push through the spicy, lingering finish. This wine can be enjoyed now, and will develop with bottle age over the next several years."

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.