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The term “old vines” appears on many wine labels, most often on Zinfandel.  So, I wondered what qualifies a wine as “old vine”?  I checked the Wine Institute, Family Winemakers of California and other “official” organizations only to find that the term is unregulated.  Our Featured Wine of the Week is an old vine zinfandel with rootstock planted in 1906.  My guess is any plant that is over 100 years old qualifies!  Check out our latest discounted wine of the week!

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This week, Indie Winemakers is offering a special old vine Zinfandel (planted around 1902) at a third off retail prices. Better yet, these prices include all shipping fees for those who have California shipping addresses.

The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley has been producing award wining wines for 3 decades. You can judge for yourself why wine professionals have listed Fanucchi Vineyards wines Consistently Excellent (wine & Spirits Magazine), Insider Favorite of Californias top 75 Wines (Food & wine Magazine) & highly sought after by those in the know. (Master sommelier Catherine Fallis: Great Wines You Can Buy Online).

This Zinfandel has some punch! This is a concentrated full bodied Zinfandel but is still balanced in the old world tradition. It is loaded with ripe black berry fruit, smooth tannins, black pepper and a complexity that just keeps on going! Well crafted and drinking nicely now, it should hold it’s flavor and continue to round-out over the next 3-5 years.

The 04 Old Vine Zinfandel can be paired with a spicy Goulash. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.

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This week, HotCosts is offering a Napa Valley artisan wine produced by Tofanelli Family Vineyards. This old vine (planted in 1929) Zinfandel vineyard has been managed by the Tofanelli’s for 3 generations. HotCosts has obtained a very small allocation for this weeks’ featured wine. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

The grapes are dry-farmed, pesticide-free and no trellis systems are used. Then, once in the fermentation tanks, only natural, wild yeast is used to extract the maximum amount of natural fruit flavor. The result of this hand-crafted effort is a powerfully built old vine zin. The initial taste is packed with pepper and rich black cherry fruit with some notes of cassis. We found the wine to have a good structure of acid and fruit tannin on the finish.

After 10 minutes in the glass we noticed a significant difference in the texture of the wine. We tasted the same pepper and dark berry flavors, but the wine took on a silkier, smoother texture in the mouth. We recommend an hour decanting period followed by short time in the glass to get the maximum taste and texture out of this wine. This wine can be cellared for 2-5 years.

To read more, go to Indie Winemaker’s Website.

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