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Madroña Vineyards’ 2008 Zinfandel from their Hillside Collection features a blend of Zinfandel from three distinctive hillside locations in the El Dorado appellation of the Sierra Foothills. The oldest, located on the home estate, was planted in 1973 on westward facing slopes and consistently produces the ripest blackberry-characterized Zins for blending. In contrast, the two vineyards (Sumu Kaw and Enyé) in Pleasant Valley produce spicier wines with more black pepper and dark cherry fruit. The blend between the three results in an uncommon complexity of intense raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg and plum aromas along with flavors of cherry, cranberry and blackberry, which make it classic El Dorado Zinfandel. Supple and rounded with a finish of fine dark chocolate, this is not your average Zinfandel. Classically balanced with a terrior-driven focus, the Madroña 2008 Hillside Collection Zinfandel is reminiscent of the rustic claret styles of Zinfandel with a rich varietal character and intriguing, luscious flavors. This estate grown Zinfandel was awarded a Gold Medal at the El Dorado County Fair Wine Competition, a Silver Medal at the Orange County Fair Wine Competition, and a Silver Medal at the California State Fair Wine Competition. [+]