International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($75; a field blend of zinfandel, carignane, petite sirah and alicante bouschet) Deep ruby. Red and dark berry aromas are complicated by Asian spices, minerals and pungent herbs. Fresh and snappy, offering lively red and dark berry scents, along with baking spices and musky underbrush. Gains weight and richness with air, finishing with plum and candied cherry qualities. Showing a lot of deep fruit today, but also possesses the structure to reward aging.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2008
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
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