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Branham Estate Zinfandel

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Winery Branham
Grape Zinfandel
Year 2009
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma County

$30.00 $25.50 per bottle

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Sonoma’s tiny, rugged Rockpile district, the source of this wine, produces an outsize number of terrific Zinfandels.
What You Need To Know
Gary Branham is both a grape-grower and a winemaker, a combination that’s uncommon enough in the US that—unlike, say, in France and Italy—there’s no one word to describe his dual profession. But Branham prefers the complete control and connection that comes from babysitting his wines from vine to bottle—hence, also, his small production. This rich Zinfandel is a case in point: Branham made six barrels of it from an unirrigated, 11-acre plot he owns in Rockpile, a high-elevation subzone of northwest Sonoma. Thin soils, steep slopes and constant winds gently stress the vines and produce remarkably concentrated grapes. That intensity shows in this dark, aromatic Zinfandel.
Smell It
Smell It
Richly fruity, with plums, blueberries and a whiff of nutmeg.
Taste It
Taste It
Bold, bright blueberry flavors with a touch of spiciness.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature— the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Ribs, burgers, sausages and hearty poultry dishes.