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2008 Painter Bridge Zinfandel

VARIETAL COMPOSITION

88% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Syrah and 1.0% Grenache

ZINFANDEL

The 2008 Painter Bridge Zinfandel comes from four Paso Robles Zinfandel blocks and is blended with a wonderfully soft and dark Paso Robles Petite Sirah for body and breadth. A bit of Syrah was blended for spice, and a smattering of potent fruit came from Grenache Noir. Each lot of Zinfandel was fermented separately, extracting the nuances of each individual vineyard block with an eye towards suppleness of texture before aging in Hungarian oak barrels.

The stylistic goal of Painter Bridge Zinfandel is to emphasize the tremendous red fruit characters of the Zinfandel grape without overpowering the delicacy of the fruit with oak.


Technical Data

Vintage:

2008

Origin:

Paso Robles

Total Acidity:

0.68

pH:

3.53

Alcohol:

13.0% alcohol by volume

Residual Sugar:

0.46 g/100ml

Maturation:

Tank for 6 months

 


Winemaker's Comments

The 2008 Painter Bridge Zinfandel shows great color density with youthful garnet red hues. The aromas are ripe red fruits of raspberry, black currant and strawberry preserves with black tea, white and black pepper spice. The palate delivers a fruity, plump, yet supple wine with some spicy Zinfandel pepperiness. Enjoy with pasta puttanesca, pizza or grilled meats.

Price: $7.00 750ml

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2008 Painter Bridge Chardonnay

VARIETAL COMPOSITION

91.3% Chardonnay, 7.6% Muscat Canelli and 1.1% Gewurztraminer

CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay for Painter Bridge is grown in the cool and windswept environs of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, renowned for producing Chardonnays with powerful aromatics and remarkable texture. It is here that the canvas for Painter Bridge Chardonnay begins.

The Chardonnay is first fermented in older French oak barrels to enhance pure fruit expression with wild and cultured yeast from the Burgundy region of France. Immediately after completion of alcoholic fermentation, the barrels are stirred and the Chardonnay with its yeast lees is transferred to stainless steel tanks for additional aging and maturation. To enhance the bold fruitiness of Painter Bridge Chardonnay, a touch of Muscat Canelli and Gewurztraminer from Monterey County are blended, enriching the enticing floral character. The blended wine is then cold stabilized, fined, and sterile-filtered to bottle.

The resulting wine is delightfully full-flavored with pretty, forward fruit aromas creating a pleasant, quaffable Chardonnay.


Technical Data

Vintage: 2008
Origin: Arroyo Seco and Monterey County
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml
pH: 3.62
Alcohol: 13.5% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.50 g/100ml
Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel
Sizes: 750 ml


Winemaker's Comments

This 2008 Painter Bridge Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with attractive aromas of Bosc pear, apple and white flowers, with a touch of vanilla and honey. The aromas are echoed on the silky textured palate, which is cleansed with fresh acidity and richness. Enjoy as an aperitif or with your favorite pasta, chicken, or seafood dish.

Price: $7.00 750ml

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