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Late Harvest Zinfandel 2002

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Untitled Document Our Late Harvest Zinfandel is always an extremely intense expression of Zinfandel varietal character. Our high elevation vineyards are at the limit where Zinfandel can successfully ripen. This gives us a long growing season and thus, long hang-time for the grape clusters. Longer hang-time translates into more flavorful grapes. While weather conditions usually allow us to produce this wine, in some years we cannot. Thus occasionally, vintages will be skipped. At the high-sugar levels common at harvest, this wine almost always stops fermenting on its own, producing an unfortified wine with a port-like richness. The 2002 Vintage If you can remember back to one of our earliest vintages, this wine is incredibly reminiscent of the famed 1981 Late Harvest Zinfandel. The nose is all Zin! Big and bold, the anise, cinnamon, cedar and clove meld together, presenting a classic pot-pourri of Zinfandel spice. And then enters the fruit. Bright raspberry, luscious cherry, fresh currant and juicy strawberry balance each other so perfectly that the characters build seamlessly to that first sip.And then it happens—the wine hits the senses. The palate is lush with tree-ripened plum and cherry fruit with just a hint of prune for complexity. The sweetness balances the tannins and that little note of heat on the finish, showcasing a wine rich in character with an elegance to boot. Consider it the proverbial cowboy in a tuxedo!"Wonderful with bitter chocolate and fresh peaches (just to entice the taste buds). Printable wine description and facts (2002 Late Harvest Zinfandel Fact Sheet)

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Our estate wines come from some of the highest vineyards in El Dorado, with awesome views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Paul Bush manages the vineyards himself, adding to the family’s knowledge of grape varieties, clones within a variety, and microclimates. “Intensive hands-on vineyard practices make wines that are frankly exceeding what we thought possible at these high elevations,” says Pau... Read more
Our estate wines come from some of the highest vineyards in El Dorado, with awesome views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Paul Bush manages the vineyards himself, adding to the family’s knowledge of grape varieties, clones within a variety, and microclimates. “Intensive hands-on vineyard practices make wines that are frankly exceeding what we thought possible at these high elevations,” says Paul, “And we’re going to keep on improving over the next 30 years.” Madroña Vineyards is a member of the Apple Hill Wineries and the El Dorado Winery Association. We host and pour at many special events throughout the year. Read less

Untitled Document Our Late Harvest Zinfandel is always an extremely intense expression of Zinfandel varietal character. Our high elevation vineyards are at the limit where Zinfandel can successfully ripen. This gives us a long growing season and thus, long hang-time for the grape clusters. Longer hang-time translates into more flavorful grapes. While weather conditions usually allow us to produce this wine, in some years we cannot. Thus occasionally, vintages will be skipped. At the high-sugar levels common at harvest, this wine almost always stops fermenting on its own, producing an unfortified wine with a port-like richness. The 2002 Vintage If you can remember back to one of our earliest vintages, this wine is incredibly reminiscent of the famed 1981 Late Harvest Zinfandel. The nose is all Zin! Big and bold, the anise, cinnamon, cedar and clove meld together, presenting a classic pot-pourri of Zinfandel spice. And then enters the fruit. Bright raspberry, luscious cherry, fresh currant and juicy strawberry balance each other so perfectly that the characters build seamlessly to that first sip.And then it happens—the wine hits the senses. The palate is lush with tree-ripened plum and cherry fruit with just a hint of prune for complexity. The sweetness balances the tannins and that little note of heat on the finish, showcasing a wine rich in character with an elegance to boot. Consider it the proverbial cowboy in a tuxedo!"Wonderful with bitter chocolate and fresh peaches (just to entice the taste buds). Printable wine description and facts (2002 Late Harvest Zinfandel Fact Sheet)

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