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NEAL 11 ZN RUTHERFORD
Item: #246870
Bottle Size: 750ml
$23.95
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NEAL FAMILY 2011 ZINFANDEL "RUTHERFORD DUST" RUTHERFORD 750mL

Mark Neal has really made a name for himself. His Cabernets have become some of our best sellers and heís even got a Zin to boot! Now the Zin is nothing new, but so little of it is made that itís available for a fraction of the time compared to that of his Cab! The amount of new oak and the percentage of Petite Syrah added were experimented with until winemakers Gove Celio and Kelly Wheat found the perfect combination.

The grapes for this Zinfandel come from Neal's Rutherford Dust Vineyard. This vineyard is 100% certified organic by CCOF and USDA. Compared with the last couple vintages, this year provided riper characters and a darker color to the skins and resulting wine. Aromatics range from ripe cherry, plum jam and raspberry fruits as well as a spicy, toasty oak, showing hints of clove and nutmeg. The wine is a firm, well-structured Zinfandel and full of complexity. Intense flavors of berry, cherry fruit are contrasted with chewy tannins and good acidity. On the finish the fruit has the brambly and cherry fruit plus the distinctive black pepper flavor, giving the wine our trademark Rutherford Zinfandel character.
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