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Chiarello Family Vineyards Zinfandel St. Helena Giana 2005

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER Sonoma Marin County Fair. 88 Points (Wine Spectator). I farm the Giana vineyard like a cabernet, for high quality and moderate yield, but even after leaving 50% of the fruit on the ground in '05, these vines continued to produce wildly large clusters, and large, juicy fruit. As a result, the 2005 Giana Zinfandel boasts an incredible range, from notes of plums, black cherries, raspberries, to cocoa and licorice. Giana Zin slides nicely into summer, pairing easily with barbeque, ribs grilled meats or spicy dishes! Michael Chiarello & Thomas Brown Owner & Winemaker Vintage: 2005 Release Date: March 2007 Appellation: St. Helena District of Napa Valley Blend: 99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah Harvest: Harvested by hand in October, 2005 Barrel Aging: 16 months in French Oak (25% new) Vineyard location: Estate Grown, Single Vineyard Zinfandel, 101-14 rootstock grafted to Rafanelli in gravelly loam soil. Alcohol: 15.8 % Production: 1175 Cases Price: $35/bottle -- $420/case

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Chiarello Family Vineyards:
Tending 95-year-old vines around my home, I've been fortunate to craft highly rated, small production, estate grown wines since 1998. A labor of love, sustainably farmed, and simply the most satisfying of all my personal endeavors. Surrounding the historic "old vines," we have Zinfandel and two distinctly different Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, along with the Old Vine Petite Sirah and Old Vine ... Read more
Tending 95-year-old vines around my home, I've been fortunate to craft highly rated, small production, estate grown wines since 1998. A labor of love, sustainably farmed, and simply the most satisfying of all my personal endeavors. Surrounding the historic "old vines," we have Zinfandel and two distinctly different Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, along with the Old Vine Petite Sirah and Old Vine Zinfandel. Our wines carry the story of my family and our personal, hands-on care of the vineyards in each glass. The natural and sustainable way we farm is a key factor in the high quality of the final wine. As we preserve our soils "naturally," we also preserve our heritage. His small winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, makes five estate grown wines from 20-acres that he personally farms sustainably and organically around his home in Napa Valley California. Chiarello is a passionate advocate for great wines surrounding a great meal and he has always sought perfect wines to complement his own culinary style. Little did he suspect that he'd find a gem of a vineyard in his own backyard. As he tended his property, he found long neglected 94-year old vines, waiting to once again produce great wines. My organically farmed, estate grown, limited production wines are a labor of love. Each year we make less than 2000 cases. I farm to craft the ultimate food-friendly and earth-friendly wines: fully extracted and ripe with layers of wonderful flavors. Read less

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Source: kybecca
03/19/2009

From famed TV chef Michael Chiarello comes this classic, lip-smacking Zinfandel.



GOLD MEDAL WINNER Sonoma Marin County Fair. 88 Points (Wine Spectator). I farm the Giana vineyard like a cabernet, for high quality and moderate yield, but even after leaving 50% of the fruit on the ground in '05, these vines continued to produce wildly large clusters, and large, juicy fruit. As a result, the 2005 Giana Zinfandel boasts an incredible range, from notes of plums, black cherries, raspberries, to cocoa and licorice. Giana Zin slides nicely into summer, pairing easily with barbeque, ribs grilled meats or spicy dishes! Michael Chiarello & Thomas Brown Owner & Winemaker Vintage: 2005 Release Date: March 2007 Appellation: St. Helena District of Napa Valley Blend: 99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah Harvest: Harvested by hand in October, 2005 Barrel Aging: 16 months in French Oak (25% new) Vineyard location: Estate Grown, Single Vineyard Zinfandel, 101-14 rootstock grafted to Rafanelli in gravelly loam soil. Alcohol: 15.8 % Production: 1175 Cases Price: $35/bottle -- $420/case

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