Late Harvest Zinfandel vs. Port
“Later harvest Zinfandel is definitely different than port.
The way you make port is you start fermenting- then you stop the fermentation by adding spirits and stuff. Late harvest Zin – it’s a really interesting technique. You just let it hang on the vines, often almost a month after you normally would harvest. And it concentrates the fruit so the berries actually lose liquid from them and it concentrates down. You don’t want raisins, you want really just concentrated fruit flavor. And when it’s made well, it tastes just like ten gallons of Zinfandel concentrated down to a little tiny essence of flavor. It’s just essence of Zinfandel.”