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Flashcards in Zinfandel/Primitivo Deck (12)
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1
Q

In what region and country does Primitivo live?

A

Puglia, Italy

Puglia is the heel of Italy’s boot.

2
Q

Zinfandel/Primitivo prefers what kind of climate?:

  • cool/moderate
  • warm
A

Warm

3
Q

Why do some Zinfandels/Primitivos show flavors of dried fruit?

A

Because individual berries within a cluster can raisinate and give prune-like flavors to the final wine.

4
Q

What grape makes White Zinfandel?

A

Zinfandel

5
Q

White Zinfandel is dry or medium-sweet?

A

Medium-sweet

6
Q

How is White Zinfandel typically made?

A
  • Short maceration on the skins to make it pink
  • Yeasts removed before fermentation finishes to keep it sweet
7
Q

White Zinfandel usually has _____ alcohol.

Red Zinfandel usually has _____ alcohol.

A

White Zin –> low alcohol (8-10%)

Red Zin –> high alcohol (14+%)

8
Q

Which is more common for red Zinfandel:

  • aging it in oak
  • aging it in stainless steel
A

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.

9
Q

What’s the typical flavor profile of California Zinfandel?

A
  • Black fruit (blackberry, dark plum)
  • Dried fruit (prune)
  • Oak flavors (vanilla, mocha/coffee)
10
Q

Which is drier: White Zinfandel or Zinfandel?

A

Zinfandel

11
Q

Structural elements of Zinfandel include:

A
  • Full body
  • High alcohol
  • Medium to high acidity
  • Medium to high tannin
12
Q

What are some flavors that Old Vine Zinfandels from California can develop as they age?

A
  • Earthy (dried leaves, forest floor)
  • Sanguine (red meat)