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De Loach `Heritage Collection` Zinfandel 2020

De Loach `Heritage Collection` Zinfandel 2020

 A 2020 Californian Zinfandel from the De Loach winery. 

ABV 13.5%.  Contains sulfites.

Drink this at 16-17°C and between now and 2025.

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De Loach combines Russian River Valley Zinfandel (85%) with small additions of others like Tempranillo from select vineyards. The 2020 vintage enjoyed optimal conditions with low winter rains and mild spring temperatures. A warm summer led to even grape ripening, with the harvest starting in early August. It yielded smaller, high-quality berries with concentrated flavours. Grapes underwent a pre-fermentation cold soak for deep colour extraction and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Post-fermentation warm maceration improved ripe, integrated tannins. The majority of the ageing occurred in stainless steel, supplemented by a small portion in seasoned French oak barrels. This resulted in a well-crafted wine with concentrated flavours and balanced tannins.

Established in 1973 by San Francisco fireman Cecil De Loach, now owned by the Burgundian Boissett family, the vineyards are now biodynamic. Head winemaker Brian Maloney makes careful use of the different soils to produce high quality small-lot wines.

FOOD The dark robust style of Zinfandel makes it a superb partner for BBQ, curry, lamb, strong mature cheeses and roasted fuller-flavoured veg like peppers.

Zinfandel settled in California in the mid-1800s. It flourishes in the varied soils and is famed for its fruity character with cherry, blueberry, and plums, often with notes of licorice, spices, and pepper. It is known as a bold robust wine.This De Loach Zinfandel is vegetarian. The vineyards are converted to organic and biodynamic farming.

Russian River Valley is part of the wider California wine growing region just north of San Francisco. The fame of these regions is mainly due to great soils and perfect weather. A huge variety of grapes thrive here, because these sub-regions benefit from diverse temperatures and soils; Napa valley produces bold reds whilst Russian River produces outstanding expressions of more delicate grapes.

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