2011 Mendocino Ridge 'Ciapusci Ancient Vine' Zinfandel ᘮ $58

2012 Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel

Vineyard Location: Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino County, CA
Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Cooperage: French Oak

Hailing from a remote Vineyard in Mendocino County that is referred to as "Islands in the Sky", this Zinfandel is truly unique. The heritage clone was imported by Charlie Ciapusci in his suitcase in the 1850's. The vineyard has been producing a fabulously complex Zinfandel since. This wine is typical with sweet red fruit with finesse and subtle chocolate complexities that develop in the bottle. Enjoy with lamb or spicy meat dishes.


Zinfandel was for many years somewhat of a mystery grape, as far as its origins are concerned. Recent research in Croatia and at the University of California at Davis, using DNA profiling, has proved Zinfandel is a clone of the Croatian variety Crljenak.
Nearly as versatile as Chardonnay in the number of different styles of wine produced from it, it has only achieved widespread popularity in America since 1980, as a pink, slightly sweet wine. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called "White Zinfandel" (there isn't)!
Zinfandel is one red varietal that is probably best enjoyed in its youth, within three to five years of the vintage. With more bottle age than this, the luscious fruit that distinguishes Zinfandel drops markedly.

Preferred Pricing

1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.