2 - 2013 Villa Toscano Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Rock Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley 750ml
2 - 2013 Villa Toscano Old Vine Zinfandel, Fox Creek Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley 750ml
2013 Villa Toscano Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Rock Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley
The 2013 Rattlesnake Rock Zinfandel is primarily grown on the estate at Villa Toscano. The vines are approximately 15 years old and produce a really nice Zinfandel for as young as they are.
This bright ruby colored Zinfandel opens with a black pepper and oak-laced black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and savory. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins show nice length. This Zinfandel would pair well with grilled barbecue chicken.
2013 Villa Toscano Old Vine Zinfandel, Fox Creek Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley
Zinfandel’s history is long and complicated. The varietal is very old; it probably originated in Croatia and made its way to Italy’s Apulia region in the 1700s, where it is called Primitivo (because it ripens early). It arrived in California in the mid to late 1800s. The Fox Creek Vineyard is over 100 years old, and dry farmed.
Today, Zinfandel is planted just about everywhere across the state. Some of the oldest vineyards in California are planted to Zinfandel, and the Shenandoah Valley has vines up to 120 years old.
Zinfandel is known for its rich, dark color extraction, medium to high tannin levels, and bold fruit flavors. Its featured flavors include raspberry, blackberry, cherry, plum, and black pepper, all wrapped around various intensities of oak.
Displaying a bright ruby hue, the 2013 Fox Creek Zinfandel delivers intense aromas of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, with hints of clove and almond. On the palate, richly extracted berry and rich bold fruit flavors are supported by mild tannins. The elegant acidity yields a long and silky finish. Pairs well with spicy and barbeque foods like fried chicken, burgers, and Latin cuisines.