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Look, sir, I don’t care if you don’t know Dale Cielo, but please don’t call me “infidel.”

No, sir, this is Main Street Wine and Spirits. You can’t buy spices here, nor do can you buy aromas of spices like cinnamon, allspice, and anise. You won’t find any stationary here, either, especially not colored stationary that is flavored, like these brighter fruit notes that you’re speaking of. And you’ll have to go to a grocery looking to taste ripe plum, strawberry preserves, raspberry, and cherry cola.

Sir! Please! Keep your voice down! There is no acid for sale here, or “good acidity” or whatever you said. We are an upright, aboveboard, local establishment. However, I can offer you something if you’re looking for light to moderate tannin'. There are three booths with different settings in the back, so you can get that exact skin tone that you’re looking for.

Oh, you’re looking for the 2006 Dono dal Cielo Zinfandel! That makes more sense! I’d be happy to help you… if I actually worked here.

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Features

2006 Dono dal Cielo Zinfandel

  • Harvested  August, September, October 2006
  • Bottled: August 28 and 29, 2007
  • Production: 1318 cases
  • Alcohol: 14.4%
  • pH: 3.61

The 2006 Dono dal Cielo Zinfandel is a classic Zinfandel, reminiscent of the great Zinfandels of the late 70’s and 80’s.  They picked 24 tons of Zinfandel for this 2006 harvest, by hand, and processed it in 3 separate batches. After three days of cold soaking we had a spontaneous fermentation which truly shows off the Dono dal Cielo flavor. This wine was aged in 40% new American Oak barrels and the rest was kept in 2-3 year old barrels. Minimal intervention is why we love this wine….very elegant and fun. Not your typical heavy, high alcohol, over-extracted Zinfandel, it highlights brighter fruit notes with aromas and flavors of cinnamon, allspice and anise.  Fruit component is ripe plum, strawberry preserves, raspberry and cherry cola.  Good acidity and balance with light to moderate tannin.

Awards
 
  • 2008 California State Fair – Silver
  • 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Bronze            
  • 2009 Grand Harvest Awards – Bronze
  • 2009 West Coast Wine Competition - Bronze

Specs

2006 Dono dal Cielo Zinfandel, 750ml

Winery Details

Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery

Owners:
William and Karen McGillivray
Location:
Sierra Foothills, CA
Dono dal Cielo presents a unique opportunity to see Zinfandel winemaking harmonizing with the vineyards.  The terroir is reflected in the wine. The heavy granite and quartz-laden property at the vineyard is perfect for ripening Zinfandel. Late in the season when the temperatures begin cooling down to the mid-40-50's F at night, the granite and quartz capture the day's heat in their stone and release it at night to perfectly warm the fruit.  In Italian, the phrase "dono dal cielo" means "gift from heaven".  It is our passion to share that gift with all of you.
 
William and Karen have lived in Newcastle for over 20 years. With their children, the McGillivray family invites you to experience the brilliant results of years of devotion to the vines that have so greatly enriched their lives.

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