Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port Wine (750 ml)
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- Aromas of raisined berry fruit, sugared dates, chocolate, caramel and orange peel
- Rich, lush, grapey flavors also evoke raisin, cocoa, coffee and toffee
- Food pairing: chocolate, Stilton cheese, toasted walnuts
Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port spends its first few days in the cellar being treated similarly to the rest of Terra d'Oro's zins, but the finale of the fermentation is quite dramatic. The grapes are crushed, de-stemmed, and sent to stainless steel tanks to be inoculated and fermented. Billions of yeast dutifully convert sugar to alcohol for energy all the while extracting ripe juicy fruit flavor as well as tannin and color from the grape solids. When the tank reaches a carefully chosen sugar level, the winemaker introduces hundreds of gallons of unaged grape brandy. After fortification, the alcohol level is high enough to create an inhospitable environment for the billions of faithful yeast and they die. But the yeast leave behind a wealth of residual sugar. The sweetness balances out the higher alcohol and leaves the port velvety smooth. The higher alcohol solution extracts even more flavor from the solids for a few more days and then is pressed and sent to a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak. Using a traditional “solera” method of aging, the newest vintage is blended with high-quality brandy and several previous vintages to create this harmonious dessert wine.