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Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red 2008

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This excellent value is a 55000-case blend of 80per Zinfandel 14per Petite Sirah and 6per Cabernet Sauvignon. It reveals classic cherry and strawberry characteristics intermixed with Mediterranean sea br

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Gnarly Head Cellars:
A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for G... Read more
A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. These 35 to 80 year old vines have twisted old trunks and branches that spread out in all directions sprouting leaves like unruly umbrellas - truly gnarly heads. The grapes these old vines produce are small and few, but offer big flavor! But Zinfandel is not the only California grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemaking team selects grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California for our Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Merlot and Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon). Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair with food, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past escapades and future adventures. Cheers! Read less
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Member Reviews for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red

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Snooth User: biondanonima
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3.50 5
09/05/2010

At first taste out of a freshly opened bottle, this wine was a bit too tannic for my taste. However, we didn't finish the bottle and I'm really enjoying a second glass after the wine had a chance to breathe for a day. Lots of nice cherry and berries to start, a little spice, nice acidity. A little "heat" due to high alcohol content. I agree with other reviewers that it will probably improve with age. Definitely let it breathe before consuming!


Snooth User: propp
70532157
4.00 5
01/18/2011

Bold fruit and spicey finish. Reminds me very much of living in CA in the early '90s, the taste of zins then only a few years into there comeback. Gnarly Head zins are a bargain and I stock up whenever possible for parties where there will be robust fare; goes great with BBQ, Mexican,sausage and peppers, etc


Snooth User: 1
8028046
4.00 5
10/04/2010

Powerful - almost a little too powerful. Definitely needs to sit for a bit before drinking, but once you start, it's hard to stop. This is not a wussy wine. Luscious, rich, chewy. For the price, it's pretty amazing (got it for $9 at Circle in Chevy Chase, DC).


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
01/18/2010

Lots of cherry, medium acidity, smoky, with a long full body.


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.50 5
12/01/2010

My Rating 86. Nothing complex but nice everyday wine with strong nose and strong fruity aromas. Super value at $ 5.-


Snooth User: Slipstream
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2.00 5
06/30/2011

A well-known budget zinf that is very smooth and fairly sweet, with a bit of clove and pepper. It is a bit reminiscent of fortified wines. Not bad, but a bit off balance, and I expected better after reading an article praising it and seeing its price go up at a local wine store. It could use some more tannins, and that is something that I rarely ask for.


Snooth User: la dut
670405189
3.50 5
06/18/2011

Deep red to velvety purple. Woody on the nose with cherry. Plums, pepper, and tree fruit on the palate. Bright young tannins and a full body, this would have been better in a year or two.


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External Reviews for Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red

External Review
05/07/2010

Old Zinfandel vines with thick, twisted gnarled trunks and vines shooting up and out in all directions are the inspiration for Gnarly Head Zin. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in Lodi, primarily the Mokelumne River area, with some the oldest Zinfandel vines in all of California. 35 to 80 year old vines are hand-harvested for this rich, dense, jammy Zin. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels, giving it a distinct spiciness to complement the pure fruit and making it an ideal match for zesty foods. A tremendous value.


External Review
05/17/2010

Robust berry flavors and exotic spice notes from the small grape clusters are balanced with French, American and Hungarian oak, which creates heady layers of vanilla and chocolate and a lingering finish. - Winery


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

This excellent value is a 55,000-case blend of 80% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. It reveals classic cherry and strawberry characteristics intermixed with Mediterranean sea br


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04/14/2010

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2008 750ML


External Review
05/19/2011

A soft, approachable wine whose pleasure is in its extreme dryness. Shows peppery flavors of tobacco, wild blackberries, bacon and anise.


External Review
05/19/2011

This brash, lusty, immature Zin is brimming with fresh acids and primary blackberry, cherry and blueberry flavors. This is a wine that will benefit from another year of age.


External Review
10/01/2011

Ripe and racy, with modest baked cherry, toasty herb and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2015.



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Tasting Notes:

This rich, full-bodied Old Vine Zinfandel has aromas of black cherries, black berries, and a hint of pepper, followed by flavors of black liquorice and toasty oak.

This excellent value is a 55000-case blend of 80per Zinfandel 14per Petite Sirah and 6per Cabernet Sauvignon. It reveals classic cherry and strawberry characteristics intermixed with Mediterranean sea br

Notes: 100% American, French and Hungarian Oak

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 3.4 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter

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