Sunday, July 3, 2011

2008 C.G. DiArie Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

Happy 4th of July - a bit early yes.... Had a few friends over last night for a B-B-Q and one of the neighbors brought over this nice C.G. DeAire 2008 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. Went very well with the Tri-Tip, grilled veggies and burgers.


From the website:

he Zinfandel grapes used for making this wine came from three different vineyards: Davis Vineyard in Fair Play, Helwig Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley and our Estate Vineyard. Other varieties were added in order to improve the balance and add complexity to the wine.

This wine is bottled using screw cap as the closure. Our decision to use this closure was based on quality issues. By using the screw cap over the cork we avoid cork taint and the sporadic oxidation of the wine that emanates from the cork that at times leaks oxygen into the bottle resulting in variation in the quality of the wine from one bottle to the next.

Made in our “Submerged Cap” Fermentation Tank and aged in predominantly French oak for 14 months, this fully extracted and well balanced medium body wine is more elegant than robust. You will not overlook its strong varietal aromas of blackberries with hints of spice which carries into the mid-palate adding black cherry and plum flavors. The finish is long adding more spice and hints of chocolate.

Varietal Content: 78% Zinfandel, 9% Primitivo, Petite Sirah, 4% Tempranillo
Appellation: Sierra Foothills
Bottling Date: February 2, 2010
Cases Produced: 3200
Alcohol: 14.3%
pH: 3.55
Residual Sugar: Less than 0.1%

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