Old Vine Zinfandel w/ Skins - 6 Gallon Wine Kit - Master Vintner Sommelier Select
When vines get past their fourth decade, they produce fewer grapes, but much more intense fruit, giving rich, dense wine* with great character and ageing potential.
Medium-full bodied with firm acidity, this Old Vine Zin shows a combination of red and black fruits--raspberry, blackberry, fig, plum and raisin, along with an intriguing black pepper spiciness on the rich, rolling finish. An excellent match with dark chocolate (try it!), it's also a great barbecue wine (especially chicken), or with lamb, pulled pork or grilled burgers.
Yields 6 gallons
*This recipe kit uses a RealGrape pack to boost flavor and body. Because the grape skins are not dried, they take up more space in your fermentor. This recipe requires the larger 7.9 gallon wine fermentor.
|Includes Grape Skins||Yes|
I have made 12 batches of the Sommelier Select Old Vine Cab Sauv (4 1/2 have been consumed!), and these are excellent. Good after a few months, very good approaching year, and truly excellent now at 14 months. My extended inventory will allow me to test quality at 2 to 3 years. This first batch of Zin is only one month in the bottle waiting for 2022 to experience.
Kit did not include cheesecloth for grape skins so had to improvise. Also included additive ingredients not outlined in instructions, so assuming not needed - but makes confusing.
So far only the first racking and it taste pretty good. Can't wait 'till I'm done aging...
Very surprised with this Zin kit.
I am at the fining stage, nice taste and color. AAA
Wine has been in the carboy for six weeks. Has a very district musty smell to it which is not appealing. Taste is not as bad as the smell... hopeful that after another 10 months it will be better.