By Gary L Peters
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This cultivar yields reasonably well and has been planted throughout most nf the cooler viticultural regions of California, as well as in Oregon, Wshington, Idaho, Ariwna, New Mexico, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Wrginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. There are now perhaps 3,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc growing on American soil. One of the first importations of Sauvignon Blanc to California calne from the hmous Ch2tcau dyqwem, which is world-renowned for its sweet botrytised wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon vines have small berries with tough skins, from which the wines usually acquire a considerable amount of tannin-a group of chemical compounds found in the bark, rootq, seeds, and stems of many plants. T h e wines are often described by wine writers as herbaceous, with hints of green olives and cassis; tinges of mint and sage can be found in some of them as well, and maybe even an occasional touch of black cherry and chocolate. Some develop a black-peppery characteristic, whereas others taste distinctly of bell peppers, though vin'culmral practices have reduced this particular characteristic considerably.
However, Zinfandel is capable of rising above this humble but important role-at its best it can even rise to greatness. Since the nrirl-lWb, it has filled dre role of blufh wine h o s t too welt, with White Zinfandels being made now by numerous wineries.