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To avoid misleading consumers Rodney Strong Vineyards is replacing the term "Old Vines with "Knotty Vines" on its 1998 Estate Zinfandel and subsequent vintages.

Although the wine is still in a large part from old vines (60-plus years old), the blend now also includes fruit from younger vines. By changing the term to "Knotty Vines" it is hoped that consumers will not be mislead into believing the wine is made entirely from vines of antiquity.


"The knots and twists in the trunk of the vine reflect over a century of winemaking in California "

There is no government regulation determining the usage of the term, "Old vines", but says the winery it does not want its vines to be considered "naughty", by some future governmental decision on the appropriate age of vines used in the production of Zinfandels labelled "Old Vines."

"We chose a name that describes the rugged and gnarled appearance of stately old vineyards," said winemaker Sayre. And the term "Knotty Vines" pays tribute says the winery to the beauty of California's historic Zinfandel vines.

"The knots and twists in the trunk of the vine reflect over a century of winemaking in California," he added.

A large portion of the blend for the 1998 Knotty Vines Zinfandel includes fruit from the winery's recently acquired Hubbard Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley.

Each Estate wine is either from vineyards owned or under the winery's viticulture control.

The Knotty Vines Zinfandel is part of Rodney Strong Vineyard's line of Estate wines And the 1998 Knotty Vines Zinfandel is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $18 per bottle


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