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 free standing 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.
But Zinfandel is not the only California grape that can be gnarly. All Gnarly Head
wines are crafted with Californias spirit of adventure each sip plunges the palate
into bold fruit flavors.
ALCOHOL: 11.5% by volume
TOTAL ACID: 0.64g/100ml
FINAL pH: 3.27
BOLD. SOPHISTICATED. WITH A HINT OF GNARLY. 2011
Authentic White is a gnarly blend of
tasty white varietals including Riesling,
Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
It is lush and juicy on the palate with
aromas of pear, green apple and
honeysuckle and flavors of melon,
nectarine and crisp lemon zest finish.
Authentically delicious, Gnarly Head
Authentic White is a great food wine!
Serve with spicy Asian cuisine, soft
cheeses and salads.
The 2011 vintage was ideal for
producing high quality, elegant wines.
Fruit development, from budbreak
through berry set, progressed slowly
through the early spring and summer
with yields just below average.
A two-day heat spike in August proved
challenging, but as careful picking
began in late August, the quality of the
fruit remained strong due to an overall
The 2011 Gnarly Head Authentic White
is crafted using grapes from specially
selected vineyards in Lodi and
Monterey. Fruit from the Lodi region
contributes ripe, rich stone fruit flavors
with a full mouth feel, while grapes from
Monterey add crisp acidity balanced
with vibrant citrus and melon notes.
All of the grapes are harvested in
the early morning hours so that they
remained cool and were delivered
immediately to the winery to be pressed
off the skins and into fermenters.
Each lot was slowly fermented under
cold conditions. To preserve the
delicate fruit character of each varietal,
the wine did not undergo malolactic
fermentation nor was it oak aged.
Varietal: Dry White Table Wine
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.