July 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 4

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It’s only fitting that a winery with an Ital-
ian bent would be making a phenome-
nal Zinfandel. After an over a century-old
belief that Zinfandel was a California
original, the Zinfandel grape was recently
traced back to Italy’s Primitivo.
And while Italy certainly has its share of
great indigenous grapes, Primitivo, turns
out, isn’t one of theirs either. Just a few
years ago, it was traced back to Croatia,
where it is known as Plavic Mali.
Back in the 50s and 60s, when it was
thought to be a California original, a cer-
tain amount of pride developed for the
grape. As a result, it became one of the
most widely planted grapes in the state.
To its credit, it did well everywhere. It did
so well and winemakers experimented
with so many styles that it began to lose
its identity. It was made white, red, pink
and even made like Port. Consumers got
confused and eventually stopped buying
Zinfandel. Pietra Santa kept making it,
in spite of everything, and to their credit,
still make one of the best in the state.
Pietra Santa spares no expense in the
making of their Zinfandel. The grapes
come from their estate vineyards in the
Cienega Valley just South of San Fran-
cisco. The wine is aged in oak barrels for
three years before release.
The result is a spectacular amalgam of
rich, ripe strawberry balanced with va-
nilla, plum and anise. The medium tan-
nins keep the flavors lingering on your
tongue long after the wine is gone.
Region: Cienega Valley, California • Alcohol: 15.1%
PIETRA SANTA
Zinfandel, 2012
Black Cherry and Spice
Full on Strawberry
Now through 2020
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