Keenan, Napa Valley Zinfandel (2013)

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 Style: Full-bodied red                        Vintage: 2013                        ABV: 14%

Appellation: Napa Valley                    Varietal: Zinfandel

Region: California      County:  USA

Pairings: This is a rich, full-bodied Zinfandel that will accompany a wide array of foods, but the winemaker suggests anything barbecued—smoky barbecued flavor is a great match.

Avoid pairing with cream sauces, fish, oysters, and shellfish.

Cheese Pairings: Rich cheeses like Bleu, Feta, Stilton, Gouda, Cheddar – especially a smoked Gouda or Cheddar, gorgonzola, parmesan, stilton, havarti

About This Wine Keenan’s 2013 Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown primarily on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District estate. The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas.

Once harvested, the grapes were de-stemmed then fermented in small lots. Primary fermentation lasted seven to ten days. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The finished wine shows intense black cherry and raspberry fruit in the nose, while hints of black pepper and vanilla add complexity.