On Making Great Zinfandel
by Cyril Penn
Sep 2012 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
It is often said that Pinot Noir is “the heartbreak grape” because it is delicate and difficult to make successfully but after reading this month’s Varietal Focus report on Zinfandel, I’m thinking the nickname “heartbreak grape” applies just as easily to Zinfandel. All nine of the winemakers interviewed for the report believe Zinfandel is the most difficult grape to make. That’s because Zinfandel doesn’t ripen as evenly as other wine grapes do and,...
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