Montevina Wines White Zinfandel 2006
WINE INFORMATION Alcohol: 10.8% T.A.: .68g/100ml Ph: 3.15 Residual Sugar: 2.6g/100ml Cases: 30,000 Release Date: April 2007 Montevina Winery White Zinfandel 2006 Varietal & Vineyard Information Montevina's vineyards may be full of red grapes but not if you look through rose colored glasses. Perhaps it was rose colored glasses that inspired Bob Trinchero to make White Zinfandel from Amador County grapes in 1973. As with most noble red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux, Garnacha in Spain, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir in Loire, and list goes on; Amador County Zinfandel makes impressive red and rosé wines. The rich intense berry fruit flavors and aromas create a truly regal rosé. Montevina 2006 White Zinfandel is sourced from the same vineyards that produce Montevina's robust red zinfandels. You might ask how can two very different styles be cut from the same cloth? It's all in the timing. Winemaking Zinfandel grapes facing a rosy future get different parenting in the cellar. The white zinfandel fruit is the first to come into the winery and is fermented and put to bed in stainless steel tanks before the red wine grapes are ready to pick. The less mature fruit is lighter in color, higher in acidity, and lower in sugar perfect for pink. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently roller-crushed and pressed to minimize color and tannin extraction. The juice was fermented at a cool 55 degrees for two weeks to retain fermentation aromas. Fermented to dryness, the wine was amended with a vin muté(a small amount of unfermented grape juice) to balance its low pH and brisk acidity with a small degree of residual sugar. The wine is kept cold in stainless steel tanks and filtered just before bottling to preserve freshness. Tasting Notes Montevina's 2006 White Zinfandel boasts bright salmon hue. Aromas of strawberries and honeydew prance out of the glass and couple up juicy peach and watermelon flavors to dance on your tongue. Chef Notes A touch of sweetness balanced with bright acidity makes this a food-friendly delightful rosé. Our Montevina 2006 White Zinfandel is a perfect complement to spicy Asian and Cajun inspired dishes and sweet tangy barbeque chicken and ribs.
Winemaking is art, science, passion and a healthy dose of voodoo. At Montevina, we got our start in 1970 in the Sierra foothills and released our first wines in 1973. We quickly became well-known for our robust, full-flavored red wines, especially Zinfandel and Barbera, and proceeded to inspire a well-deserved revival of this region’s historic wine industry
Editorial Reviews for Montevina Wines White Zinfandel
Aromatic with tobacco, briar, earth, dried leather and dried fruit notes, touch of white pepper and chocolate too. Bright acids right up front drive this into the tongue and across the palate with dusty red fruit and slightly drying astringent tannins. There is a nice streak of vanilla up front leading to wild cherry and earth tones with a touch of tree bark across the mid-palate and a long, juicy, bay and vanilla finish. Admirably fresh and red fruited though this does fade with air. 87pts
Cherries and plums on the nose, although it didn't offer too much there. Rich, thick and voluptuous, with big, fat, intense fruit flavors (plums, cherry and dates). Its still alcoholic at 15%, but the edge is gone. There's a nice white pepper undertone, and the finish offers licorice, balanced by a touch of iron.
A hot alcoholic, yet intensely plummy nose. Its over 15% alcohol, so be warned. Literally dripping with ripe fruit - very rich and jammy throughout - lots of bright cherries, plums and blue berries. Hot again on the finish, but other than that really enjoyable.
Spicey, jams, cherry, and sweet black fruit components, deep concentrations of jams, plums, currants and clack berries.
fruit forward, loads of jams, blackberries, raspberries, black cherry flavors with some pepper on the finish. very drinakable and enjoyable as I thought so back in April
Bright red cherries on the nose. Lovely pale hay-colored slightly aged color. Flavors of plum (late harvest?), candy and cinnamon with a syrupy dry slightly medicinal finish. Not too shabby.
A very easy-drinking, fruity wine with hints of coffee and beets. Not overpowering with oak/tannin. I would definitely recommend this wine to anyone looking for a easy-drinking red wine.
A good zin, rich, concentrated berry fruit, but a bit hot and alcoholic.
Food Pairings for Montevina Wines White Zinfandel
As Zinfandel should be, Montevina 2006 Sierra Foothills Zin is all about berry fruit and spice. Red currants and raspberries swirl with gentle hints of pepper and baking spices. Soft tannins fade away on a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Pair Montevina 2006 Sierra Foothill Zin with BBQ, pizza, or Tuesday night. Don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch and serve with spicier Southwestern, Latin, or Pacific Rim dishes.