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Gnarly Head Authentic Black
When the search for great Zinfandel led us to Lodi, we saw vineyards that are among the oldest in California – several that are over 80 years old! The vines planted in these older vineyards are “head trained” vines that resemble wild bushes with twisted old trunks and branches that spread out in all directions like unruly umbrellas – truly gnarly heads. These gnarled, head trained vines provided the inspiration for Gnarly Head … they look gnarly and the wines they create are powerful, concentrated, and in other words, gnarly.
All Gnarly Head wines are crafted in our house style – bold, full-bodied and juicy.
Authentic Black goes to the heart of our desire for inky richness and explosive flavor. The wine is a superior blend of Lodi’s biggest, juiciest, and most intensely flavored red grape varieties. Authentic Black boasts jammy blackberry, vanilla and dark cocoa aromas with flavors of black raspberry, dark chocolate and allspice. This bold wine is full-bodied and structured with balanced acidity and a juicy finish.
The grapes for Authentic Black were harvested early in the morning while the weather is cool. This allows the grapes to start off cool and warm up gently for fermentation. Once the wine is made, the wine is aged on a blend of American and French oak to craft a bold and structured blend with abundant fruit flavors and complexity.
This wine is ready to take on hearty chili, meat-lover’s pizza and thick-cut steaks.
ALCOHOL: 14.5% BY VOLUME / TOTAL ACID: 0.63 G/100ML / FINAL PH: 3.66