This is a high elevation growing area known for big, brawny Zinfandel.
Brawny wines are young red wines with harsh tannins and high alcohol content, also referred to as briary and backward.
Zins can be risky, especially if they are those brawny California fruit bombs that will make one swoon.
Backward is often used in the same manner as brawny.
Briary is often used in the same manner as brawny.
Brawny wines are aged to help soften the tannins and mellow the alcohol content, resulting in a more elegant, well rounded wine.
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