Leaf and Vine bottle

Leaf and Vine

Zinfandel/Petite Sirah, 2017

Tim Keith is always pursuing bigger and better things—impressive given that he’s on his own at Leaf and Vine. Tim does every job, from hauling truckloads of grapes to pouring samples in his tasting room. You’d think there’d be no time for examination. Still, even though the 2016 vintage of this wine was anything but shy, he felt he couldn’t exercise a shred of restraint in 2017. “This year,” Tim says, “it’s a full-throttle wine.” Subtlety is so overrated. The wine is a blend of 55% Zinfandel and 45% Petite Sirah.

Profile

Leaf and Vine Zinfandel/Petite Sirah is all about letting very ripe grapes speak for themselves—through the sound system of a Metallica concert. This is a classic horse-out-of-the-barn, unrestrained California red.

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TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry preserves sillo
Blackberry preserves
Cinnamon sillo
Cinnamon
Raspberry sillo
Raspberry
Rhubarb sillo
Rhubarb

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

Note how the wine’s fruity flavors from the Zin and spice notes from the Petite Sirah complement each other rather than work against each other.

A smoky-sweet BBQ dish is always perfect with a bold, fruity red with a spicy kick of its own. Don't overthink a classic.

Pour a bold red with a spicy kick to match this dish's heat—and balance the freakishly delicious, subtly sweet mayo.

Spicy steak dish? Pour a bold, spicy red. Pairing like with like is always a one-way street to happiness.

A bold, spicy will stand up to the dish's meaty goodness and gravy richness, and will also balance out the earthy-sweet kale.

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More About The Wine

The grapes come from three old-vine vineyards Tim normally uses to make single-vineyard wines. The Petite Sirah grows in warm-climate Lodi and gives the wine its tannins and color. The Zin is split between vineyards in hot, dry Contra Costa County (jammy, dark-fruit flavors) and cool, high-elevation Amador County (lighter red-fruit notes), in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

DID YOU KNOW?

Zinfandel is Croatian in origin and is known as Primitivo in Italy. It was likely an Austrian, however, who first sent the grape to a horticulturist on Long Island.

  • VARIETY
    Zinfandel/Petite Sirah
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    California, USA
  • OAK
    French oak (10 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
California lodi ccosta amador red

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