Zinfandel, but there’s probably very small amounts of a few other grapes thrown in there, also…
The Four Vines OVC is labeled with a simple California appellation, with the grapes being sourced from multiple vineyards in Mendocino, Amador, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Lodi.
Zinfandel is the #2 most widely planted red grape in California (right behind Cabernet). It’s considered California’s grape, even though it originated in Croatia. Bore you friends with that fact!
Wine grapes are grown in 46 of California’s 58 counties, covering 522,000 acres in 2005 (that’s about 815 sq. miles).
Zinfandel has a relatively high sugar content, and therefore is the main reason it.s used in the production of White Zinfandel. When it comes to sugar-content in grapes, wine makers have the option to make either a sweeter wine, or just use all that sugar in the fermentation to produce a wine of a higher alcohol content. For this reason, Zinfandel normally has a higher alcohol than other red Californian wines.
Black fruit dominates, but doesn’t overwhelm. Blackberry and plum is big and rich, also with rhubarb and a little ripe raspberry; inter-woven with cedar bark, spice, and nutmeg. No burning sensation from the alcohol, which is nice! An extremely easy-drinking Zin, and definitely delivers for the $’s.
The bonus with the Four Vines OVC is that the alcohol isn’t crazy-out-of-control unlike a lot of the other Zin’s on the market, you’ll therefore have an easier time when it comes to food pairing.
For this all-American Zin, I recommend an all-American food pairing, such as; barbecue ribs, chili, burgers, as well as hearty stews, red sauce meaty pizza, and a monster steak!
$12.99 (average retail)
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