Enjoyed a Gnarly Head 2010 Authentic Red Zinfandel last night with a pizza and salad. The Zinfandel paired very well with the homemade cheese, tomato and basil pizza. Gnarly Head is located in California’s Lodi region and is named for the head pruned vines.
The Zinfandel offered a very fruity aroma and taste. The dark purple color wine with 14.5 percent alcohol was a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The back label suggested pairing the wine with steak, grilled chops or BBQ. However, it was great with the homemade pizza.
Gnarly Head winery is known for its old vines ranging from 35 to 80 years old. The vines have the not frequently seen head training. Check out their website at http://www.gnarlyhead.com. You will find a section called “Old Vine Wisdom,” which includes some interesting wine information. For example, “A Zin by any other name – Did you know there are 23 synonyms for Zinfandel? Favorites include Crljenak Kaštelanski (huh?) and Black St. Peters.”
Gnarly Head also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Old Vine Zinfandel.