Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Dry Creek Valley, a subappellation of Sonoma County, is nestled between the Alexander Valley to the east and the Russian River Valley to the southwest. Throughout the summer growing season the area benefits from warm temperatures during the day and coastal cooling in the late afternoon, though fog seldom impacts the region during the day. Long warm days are ideal for bringing grapes to ripeness while cool nights preserve natural acidity. Zinfandel loves heat, which gives the grape its distinctive jammy note. Zinfandel thrives in Dry Creek Valley, where it is the most recognized red grape varietal grown. The 2007 vintage commenced after a warm summer. The heat held during the vintage and fully mature grapes were harvested that were bursting with varietal flavor, had fleshy textures and smooth finishes.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and zesty, featuring jammy plum and black raspberry fruit, with layered notes of toasty cinnamon, pepper and sage. Finishes with appealingly rustic tannins. Drink now through 2016. 825 cases made. "
Artezin Zinfandel is hand crafted from grapes grown in some of California's best Zinfandel regions: Napa Valley, Amador County, Sonoma County and Mendocino County. Artezin expresses terroir and rich varietal fruit with lively and complex elegance. View all Artezin Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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