2007 Hughes Family Sonoma Mountain 'Wild Turkey Vineyard' Zinfandel

SKU #1086893

Awarded Double Gold Medal and Best of Class at the 2011 NextGen Wine Competition. Awarded Gold Medal at the California State Fair. Hughes Family Vineyards is a small family-run certified organic vineyard and winery located in the foothills above Glen Ellen where the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley appellations meet. They have followed sustainable farming and winemaking practices since their vineyards were first planted, without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Only 325 cases of their 2007 Wild Turkey Vineyard Zinfandel were produced, from this site which sits at an elevation of 825 and is a designated California Certified Organic Farm. It highlights the mineral character imparted by these hillside soils, along with classic Sonoma Mountain red fruit and briary aromas and flavors, with spicy undertones and bright acidity. If you are a lover of old-school well made Zins then you will absolutely love this. It is polished and silky texture with a long finish that will keep you salivating for more!

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 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 4/7/2013 
Saturated ruby-purple ine the glass. Foresty notes of black currants, plums, herbs & pepper waft from the nose. Loads of juicy red cherry, currant & spice on the attack. A spicy & mineral laden Zinfandel here which is quite delicious.

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).