Zinfandel 2013, Dry Creek Valley
Though all of our Zinfandels are made from Dry Creek Valley grapes, our Dry Creek blend, as we refer to it, is a wine that we hope reflects the overall Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel terroir, as opposed to a single-vineyard character. Selecting four vineyards (Borkow, Bradford Mountain Estate, Funsten and West) located throughout the appellation, gives us a cross section of soil types and microclimates within Dry Creek Valley that are reflected in the flavors. Compared to our other Zinfandels, this bottling contains the highest percentage of blending varietals to give maximum spice and an intriguing multifaceted quality without overwhelming the inherent “Zinniness” of the wine. The Petite Sirah gives the wine darker earth notes and more structure, while Carignane enhances the spiciness and bright acidity.
Dark aromatics reveal brambly blackberry and wild cherry generously sprinkled with black pepper. The bright entry introduces mixed dark berries, raspberry and cherry laced with rich vanillin oak, pepper and spicy acidity. Hints of chocolate appear mid-palate as the flavors broaden, and then linger in the finish.
10% new American oak barrels, 5% new Hungarian oak barrels, 20% 2-4 year-old French & Hungarian oak barrels, 65% 5-8 year-old mixed neutral oak barrels