Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Basignani's Maryland Zinfandel


Basignani's Zinfandel one of the few available in this region
Published: Monday, August 02, 2010, 6:02 AM
Updated: Monday, August 02, 2010, 6:46 AM
PAUL VIGNA, The Patriot-News

You won't find Zinfandel on the wine lists of many of this region's wineries. Fewer still grow it. Basignani Winery in northern Maryland is one of those exceptions for now, producing what they call Erik's Big Zin, a 100 percent Zinfandel carrying more alcohol (14.5 percent) than any wine they make.

Owner/winemaker Bert Basignani said they are selling the tail end of their 2006, the third vintage they have made. "It's Lodi (Calif.) fruit, it's good stuff, a good buy. It's a nice wine."

Basignani said "at the time, I guess it was 2005, we had run out of red wine and we needed another source until some other vineyards came online. So we started paying with it a little bit. Didn't make a lot of it the first time out. But we've liked it, and I kind of like doing it, so we've [continued to] produce it a few more years."

Once they sell out the remainder of the 2006 vintage, they'll move to the final vintage they made, the 2007. We stopped making it "because we started getting Cabernet from some of our other vineyards and our red production went up, so we haven't made it since '07. Then we'll evaluate it as time goes by whether we want to continue it."
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