In what region and country does Primitivo live?
Puglia is the heel of Italy's boot.
Zinfandel/Primitivo prefers what kind of climate?:
Why do some Zinfandels/Primitivos show flavors of dried fruit?
Because individual berries within a cluster can raisinate and give prune-like flavors to the final wine.
What grape makes White Zinfandel?
White Zinfandel is dry or medium-sweet?
How is White Zinfandel typically made?
Short maceration on the skins to make it pink
Yeasts removed before fermentation finishes to keep it sweet
White Zinfandel usually has ___ alcohol.
Red Zinfandel usually has ___ alcohol.
White Zin --> low alcohol (8-10%)
Red Zin --> high alcohol (14+%)
Which is more common for red Zinfandel:
- aging it in oak
- aging it in stainless steel
Aging Zinfandel in oak
Oak aging helps soften Zinfandel's tannins, and the oak adds beneficial flavors to the wine such as mocha and spice.
What's the typical flavor profile of California Zinfandel?
Black fruit (blackberry, dark plum)
Dried fruit (prune)
Oak flavors (vanilla, mocha/coffee)
Which is drier: White Zinfandel or Zinfandel?
Structural elements of Zinfandel include:
- Full body
- High alcohol
- Medium to high acidity
- Medium to high tannin
What are some flavors that Old Vine Zinfandels from California can develop as they age?