Most wine grape varieties have their reference points in Europe, but Zinfandel established its own tradition in California and has become known as America’s Heritage wine. Zinfandel’s history is a has transformed from a little-known grape into one that has achieved such tremendous popularity that it is grown on more than 50,000 acres in the United States.
The 2013 Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Harde Reserve Zinfandel is enormously rich and ripe in mature fruits, including berry, cherry, currant, mocha, but its structure really warrants attention. This wine has firm, yet light tannins, fine acidity, residual sugar and a touch of minerality. The alcohol is high, but in keeping with the wine’s richness.