C.G. di Arie Primitivo California Shenandoah Valley Estate Grown 2005
Winemaker's Notes: The "Southern Exposure" designation for our wines denotes that we feel the wine has very special qualities. We feel the 2005 Zinfandel sourced from the very best Shenandoah Valley vineyards, including the Grandpere and Gunther, is worthy of this designation. The Gunther vineyard is approximately 40 years old while the original Grandpere vineyard contains vines over 138 years old. Their roots quietly dug deep down into granitic soils once again, as they have for over a century, to produce exceptionally complex fruit. We took this fruit and utilized our thoroughly modern stainless steel Submerged Cap Fermentation Tanks to fully extract every nuanced flavor from the berries. We then aged the wine in primarily French oak. Throughout the process we were careful to minimize harsh tannins, while still providing a solid backbone for ageing potential. Deeply ruby in color the wine has an elegant nose that begins with blackberries and dark cherries. Under this dark fruit are opulent layers of vanilla and mocha. Dig further and be rewarded with cracked black pepper, humus, eucalyptus, and truffle. On the palate the wine explodes with brier and black pepper. The crescendo of complexity is balanced out by soft tannins and a lingering dark fruit and cocoa finish. Varietal Content: 89.8% Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley 10.2% Petit Sirah, Estate Grown Shenandoah 980 Cases Produced Bottled 1/25/2007
We are a boutique winery located in the Sierra Foothills of California in the CA Shenandoah Valley AVA. We offer award winning Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Barbera and many other varietals.
External Reviews for C.G. di Arie Primitivo California Shenandoah Valley Estate Grown
Wine Tasting NotesThe wine is well extracted, with a full body, very deep color and characteristic varietal flavor. Floral and spicy notes add complexity to red and dark berry aromas on the nose. In the mouth, ripe berry fruit flavors are followed by layers of cherry, plum, coffee, licorice and spice. This is a well balanced wine with a lingering finish of ripe fruit framed by soft tannins.
Wine Tasting NotesThe wine has well extracted ripe flavors and a full body with deep color and characteristic varietal flavor. The wine opens with dark berry aromas with floral elements and a hint of chocolate. Dark berry and cherry fruit flavors open in the mouth and the finish is layered with cherry, plum, mocha and spice. This wine is rich and ripe but well balanced, finishing with full flavors around soft tannins.