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Chameleon Zinfandel Napa Valley 2005

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This Zinfandel from the Morgan Ranch in Gordon Valley features a wealth of rich black and red fruit aromas in the nose and on the palate. The flavors of blackberry and raspberry are draped in velvety tannins, while excellent acidity supports the voluptuous mouthfeel. The fully-ripened but not overripe expression of the fruit means that matching this delicious wine with a wide variety of food possibilities is a fairly simple exercise, not an exercise in futility as it might be with a more over-the-top rendition. As such, it is a natural with many grilled meats or fowl as well as dishes with a more piquant twist. Its depth of flavor, alcohol, acidity and fine tannic structure will allow for a good 4 to 7 years of cellaring at least, though it will be hard to resist for near term consumption. 5% Half Case Discount/10% Full Case Discount(mixed cases allowed)* *Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Wine club members will receive either their exclusive wine club discount or the volume discount, whichever is higher. No minimum purchase required for wine club members to receive the wine club discount. Discount will be deducted at checkout. 446 cases produced Months in barrel: 13 Oak: French

Region: USA » California » Napa
Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Chameleon Cellars:
Since 1995 Chameleon Cellars has produced small lots of wine from select sustainably farmed vineyards in Californias premiere winegrowing regions. Originally formed as a partnership between producer Owsley Brown III and Winemaker Jeff Popick, Chameloen is now wholly owned by the Magnanimus Wine Group as a respected addition to their green portfolio of wines. Beginning in 2005, Owsley and Jeff ... Read more
Since 1995 Chameleon Cellars has produced small lots of wine from select sustainably farmed vineyards in Californias premiere winegrowing regions. Originally formed as a partnership between producer Owsley Brown III and Winemaker Jeff Popick, Chameloen is now wholly owned by the Magnanimus Wine Group as a respected addition to their green portfolio of wines. Beginning in 2005, Owsley and Jeff began working with the consultation of Magnanimus winemaking team Steve Ryan and Paolo Caciorgna to refine the Chameleon wines and further blend old and new world winemaking style. These wines are crafted in a refreshing and fruity style that makes them great food wines. The aim is to retain the natural acidity and flavors for which Cal-Ital and Rhone style varietals are well known. Read less

External Reviews for Chameleon Zinfandel Napa Valley

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

This Zinfandel from the Morgan Ranch in Gordon Valley features a wealth of rich black and red fruit aromas in the nose and on the palate. The flavors of blackberry and raspberry are draped in velvety tannins, while excellent acidity supports the voluptuous mouthfeel. The fully-ripened but not overripe expression of the fruit means that matching this delicious wine with a wide variety of food possibilities is a fairly simple exercise, not an exercise in futility as it might be with a more over-the-top rendition. As such, it is a natural with many grilled meats or fowl as well as dishes with a more piquant twist. Its depth of flavor, alcohol, acidity and fine tannic structure will allow for a good 4 to 7 years of cellaring at least, though it will be hard to resist for near term consumption.



This Zinfandel from the Morgan Ranch in Gordon Valley features a wealth of rich black and red fruit aromas in the nose and on the palate. The flavors of blackberry and raspberry are draped in velvety tannins, while excellent acidity supports the voluptuous mouthfeel. The fully-ripened but not overripe expression of the fruit means that matching this delicious wine with a wide variety of food possibilities is a fairly simple exercise, not an exercise in futility as it might be with a more over-the-top rendition. As such, it is a natural with many grilled meats or fowl as well as dishes with a more piquant twist. Its depth of flavor, alcohol, acidity and fine tannic structure will allow for a good 4 to 7 years of cellaring at least, though it will be hard to resist for near term consumption. 5% Half Case Discount/10% Full Case Discount(mixed cases allowed)* *Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Wine club members will receive either their exclusive wine club discount or the volume discount, whichever is higher. No minimum purchase required for wine club members to receive the wine club discount. Discount will be deducted at checkout. 446 cases produced Months in barrel: 13 Oak: French

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