Edmeades Zinfandel, Gianoli Vineyard 2013
The Gianoli Ranch Vineyard is located in the Mendocino Ridge viticultural area. Because the mountain peaks cut through the fog cover, many locals refer to this region as ‘Islands in the Clouds’. The Mendocino Ridge covers more than a quarter-million acres, but only 75 acres of the entire viticultural area is planted. The Gianoli Family, who immigrated from Prata, Italy, homesteaded the ranch and planted about 20 acres of Zinfandel grapes around 1882. Approximately 8-9 acres were replaced in 1997 with 100 year old Pronsolino root stock.
The Edmeades Gianoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 starts off with intense fruit aromas of cherry preserves, framboise, and cinnamon, with more subtle background hints of wild sage, pine needles, and mushrooms. Ripe cherry and raspberry flavors are accentuated by warm spices and cracked black pepper notes. Soft tannins and balanced acidity elevate the fruit intensity. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramelized sugar tones linger on the finish.
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