This old vine Zinfandel, with its gnarled trunk and colorful leaves is a good reminder of California’s winemaking heritage that is still drinkable in the form of field blends of what the old timers used to call Mixed Blacks. These wines are made from many different varieties of interplanted red grapes (hence the ‘mixed’) that are all harvested together, crushed together, and fermented together in whatever proportion they exist in the vineyard (hence the ‘field’). Some of my favorites come from Casa Nuestra, York Creek, and Acorn Winery. — Alder Yarrow
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