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Renwood Grandmere 2003
Acidity: pH 3.19 Alcohol: 10% Appellation: Amador County Bottling Date: March 01, 2007 Varietal Notes: 93% Zinfandel, 5% Muscat, 2% Viognier The flavors are rich, complex, balanced and lush. The pressing of the frozen grapes also preserves good acidity to balance the overt sweetness allows the finish to linger. A touch of Muscat and a hint of Viognier were added to round out the exotic aromas. One of the most unique dessert wines in the world. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif, or at the conclusion of a memorable meal with your favorite dessert. Fermentation and Aging The Amador Ice Zinfandel is the result of a vision Robert Smerling, Founder and Chairman, had when he started Renwood in 1993. We harvest the fruit once the sugar levels are over 27 degrees Brix. Just after harvest the fruit is cryogenically suspended (frozen). The fruit is then pressed while frozen in our bladder press resulting in very concentrated (usually over 40 degrees brix) Zinfandel “syrup” that is racked to tank and inoculated using a select isolated yeast strain durable enough to handle very cold fermentation temperatures and high levels of sugar. The wine will finish fermentation with a residual sugar in the mid 20% range. The result is a unique dessert wine that is the essence of Zinfandel.
Not bad for the price. It has a nice raspberry/raisin color; has a touch of age, refreshing, sharp tannins. More of a brisk wine than warm, but there is enough mustiness to make it interesting. Try to find it on sale and give it a try.
I wish Snooth would make sure that there aren't duplicate wines on the list. This is the same as the other two Old Vine Zins from Renwood 2003. Oh well. I like old vine zins and this one I found to be a bit sweet, similiar to a late harvest zin, maybe that's the grippy finish. Raisany and rich there aren't a lot of foods that I would related this too, but perhaps its a chocolate wine. If anything a glass or two after dinner. Be interesting to see how later vintages compare.
Very enjoyable zinfandel. Has some spicy, cedar, and blackberry on the nose. Not as fruit forward on the nose as other zins but I enjoy that. Slightly tannic on the mouth but with vanilla, cherry and some smoke. Slightly grippy on the finish but a nice bottle overall 89
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