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Tortoise Creek Zinfandel The Chelonian 750ml 2012
Sku: 1996159
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Central Valley
Appellation: Lodi
Grape Varietal: Zinfandel
Type: Still wine
Reg. $17.97
On Sale $14.97
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No other variety represents the region of Lodi likeZinfandel. Over 100 years ago European settlers believed it to be the best fit for the climate and soils and their keen insight paid off. Zinfandel "The Chelonian” is 100% Zinfandel and has a lovely spicy, cherry like bouquet and is bursting with sweet, berry flavors. There are also delicious overtones of blackcurrant and plums, with a welcoming finish of vanilla and cinnamon toast.

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Wine maker notes
Gravity flow handling is used where the fruit is destemmed (but not crushed) and whole cluster fermentation maximizes flavor and color extractions. Extended maceration was used to add depth, structure, complexity and to stabilize the unique color of Zinfandel. To fill in the mid-palate and add softness the wine was aged in oak for 6 months

Technical notes
Alcohol: 14.5%

Food pairing
perfect with any spicy foods, game or beef.

Mel and Janie are from England but both now US citizens. Mel has been in the wine business ever since leaving school and he met Janie when they were only twelve and thirteen (she played the piano and he played the guitar!) and as they grew up together, they shared a passion for food and wine. They married at 19 and 20. The couple left England to live in France in 1970 and started a company called Master Wines and began selling little known French wines in the USA. Mel was a pioneer in bringing great wine values to the USA from France.

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