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Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2005


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    Wow, I loved it. Really full-bodied with a lot of fruit and some sweetness, but not overly so. Great finish!

    Posted by wldbdgr on December 28th, 2007 at 11:46pm | report comment

    From Opolo website:
    All of Opolo's 2005 Zinfandel was sourced from select westside Paso Robles vineyards located in the Santa Lucia Mountains. These westside vineyards produce Zinfandel of exceptional character due to their unique growing conditions. The warm days are cooled by consistent afternoon sea breezes allowing the Zinfandel fruit to reach its unequaled quality.

    Spring (and along with it, bud break) came a little earlier than normal in 2005, but cooler than average spring temperatures put bloom and set back on track. Daily summer temperatures were average with evening temps somewhat cooler than usual. The result of this was harvest that came about 2 weeks later than we expected with full ripeness of the fruit both in sugars and flavors and excellent acids.

    The Winemaking
    All of Opolo's Zinfandels are hand harvested at the peak of their varietal expression into small half-ton harvest bins. The early morning harvests are then transported to the winery where they are de-stemmed and crushed into small open top bins. During the six to ten day fermentation the bins are punched down three times per day to extract the deep ruby and inky purple colors from the grape skins. The wine is then pressed and aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for eight months.

    Tasting notes
    If you are one of those that believe bigger is better, read on. Appropriately named both for it bountiful bouquet of fruit, as well as where the grapes are grown, this full bodied Zinfandel has plenty of ripe black cherry, raspberry and spice and is framed by soft tannins and balanced acidity. Zinfandel isn't known as America's most decadent red for nothing.

    Cuisine notes
    This wine pairs with pork roast, BBQ ribs & chicken & tri-tip. It also is nice with blue veined cheeses and chocolate.

    Appelation: Paso Robles Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
    Alcohol: 16.1 TA (g/100mL): .76
    pH: 3.58 Brix at Harvest: 27.5
    Residual Sugar: Less than 1% Barrel Aging: 8 months in French & American Oak
    Cases Produced: 6037
    Harvest Method: Hand

    Posted by wldbdgr on January 4th, 2008 at 9:34pm | report comment

    I absolutely loved this one. Highly recommended for people who like a fruitier zinfandel.

    Posted by dturnbow on October 16th, 2008 at 4:28pm | report comment

    I absolutely loved this one

    Posted by gartHooceerve on November 24th, 2010 at 6:13am | report comment

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