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Halloween Wine? 7 Deadly Zin Zinfandel From California

Meet 7 Deadly Zins, an old vine Zinfandel from California’s Lodi Valley. The 7 Deadly brand released its first vine in 2002. The company says that the brand was born from the winemaker’s Catholic school upbringing and lust for making hedonistically seductive* wine.

“Sinful indeed,” they say, “our 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel is full-bodied and seductive. Heaps of jammy berry fruit are followed by aromas of leather, oak, and spice notes. On the palate, the wine is round and layered showing flavors of dark fruits, currants and toffee through a lingering spice-touched finish.”

Sounds delicious, and a perfect pairing for a feast (gluttony). Are there other special occasions for a sinful wine?

  • Pride. Pleased about a windfall, promotion, or other achievement?
  • Greed. If you covet something you can’t afford (or otherwise can’t possess), pop the cork.
  • Lust. Invite the object of your desire to share a bottle.
  • Envy. Envious of a friend who bought the 2003 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard (a magnum is $275)? Center yourself with a 7 Deadly Zin for $13.97.
  • Gluttony. Previously mentioned, with this added warning: gluttony includes drunkenness.
  • Wrath. Two glasses of 7 Deadly Zin will diminish the wrath for a while.
  • Sloth. Call someone to open the bottle and bring it to you, along with a glass and some fine cheese.
    Can a sinful Zin be part of your Halloween celebration?

    7 Deadly wines are made with grapes grown in the Lodi AVA‡ of California, where Zinfandel reigns supreme.

    7 Deadly also makes 7 Deadly Red and 7 Deadly Cab. All three bold reds are vinified to have a big mouthfeel, good structure and a long finish.

    The wines are also Lodi Rules Certified Sustainable.

    Buy it online here.
    Here’s more about the wine.

    7 Deadly also makes Cabernet Sauvignon and a red grape blend.

  • Zinfandel Overview, Red Zin Vs. White Zin
  • The History Of Zinfandel

    “Old vine” typically refers to a wine made from vines that are 30 to 40 years old, or older; some experts set the minimum at 50 years. Hundreds of years of experience have shown that older vines, when properly maintained, yield a more complex wine. With age brings greater wisdom; or in the case of wine, better flavor.

    Grape vines can grow for more than 120 years. After about 20 years, the vines start to yield fewer grapes, which provide more concentrated, intense wines.

    There is no legal or generally agreed definition for old vines. The designation can apply to an entire estate, or to only a certain parcel, which was planted before the others.

    Diseases such as “dead arm” can also afflict old vines, in some cases further concentrating the juice†.

    In the U.S., the most common old vine wine is Zinfandel. In California, vines up to 125 years old are still bearing small amounts of prized Zinfandel fruit. But that’s nothing!

  • From The 1600s. The oldest known grape-producing vine is a Žametovka vine, a red wine grape growing in Maribor, Slovenia. It is known to have been alive in the 17th century. The yield is teeny: about 35 to 55 kg of grapes each year. The grapes are made into wine which is sold in about 100 miniature bottles.
  • From The 1700s. The oldest vine with a fully authenticated minimum age, and thought to be the largest grape vine in the world, is known as The Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace in England (photo #5). It was transplanted to its current site in 1768. The variety is Schiava Grossa (also called Black Hamburg, or Trollinger, a red grape), originally cultivated in the wine regions of the South Tyrol region of northeast Italy. Contrary to the normal expectation for old vines, it produced its largest crop ever in the autumn of 2001: 383 kilograms (845 pounds).
  • From The 1800s. In the South Tyrol, a white wine grape vine, Versoaln, still thrives at Castel Katzenzungen. The vine is more than 350 years old. It bears grapes that are blended with the fruit of younger vines to produce approximately 500 bottles a year.

    [1] You can drink this fruity Zinfandel anytime, not just during the contemplation of the seven deadly sins (photos #1 and #2 © 7 Deadly Wines).

    [2] Zinfully blood-red for Halloween (photo © Little Wine Market).

    [3] An old Zinfandel vine. As vines age, they become thicker and more gnarly (photo © Ever Wonder Wine).

    [4] An old Pinot Noir vine at Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, California (photo courtesy Prince Of Pinot).

    [5] The world’s largest grapevine, The Great Vine At Hampton Court in England. Yes, this whole leafy green canopy over the trellis is one old, enormous grapevine (photo © SC Wanderlust | Flickr).


    *That’s a marketing description, not a wine industry term.

    †Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa lata. It randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often the affected branches are pruned. Left on the vine, they slowly become dead wood. The juice is thus concentrated in the grapes of the remaining branches. Australia’s Dead Arm Shiraz won Wine Of The Year at the 2020 London Wine Competition.

    ‡The Lodi AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Central Valley of California, at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, east of San Francisco Bay. The AVA gained approval as a designated wine-growing area in 1986.


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