Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
This isn't the kind of Zin that explodes on the palate—instead, it makes a dynamic entrance and keeps on coming. After enticing the nose with aromas of dark chocolate, blueberry pie, licorice and coriander, the 2006 Dry Creek Zinfandel unfolds on the palate with flavors of dried dark cherry and plum. A soft, velvety mouth feel and balanced finish round out the picture. Enjoy through 2013.
Wine & Spirits - "This blends fruit from Goat Trek Vineyard and the higher elevations at Grist Vineyard on Bradford Mountain, a combination that creates a bright, sunny zin with red fruit and spice. The fresh flavors have a lively red apple and cherry character; the tannins have a red fruit-skin flavor, along with a blast of earthiness. It's delicious and ready to decant for any spicy sausages, whether turkey or morcilla."
Bradford Mountain Winery
Bradford Mountain Winery was born out of owner George Hambrecht’s belief that there was something beguilingly distinct about the fruit from his family’s Bradford Mountain vineyards. Planted on a mountain plateau 1000 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor, the vines produce a low-yielding crop of intensely-flavored grapes with an irresistible wild, brambly flair. Once sold to some of California’s most celebrated wineries, they deserved to be bottled independently, and given the opportunity to tell the story of this unusual and remarkable terroir. View all Bradford Mountain Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. 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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7 ratings, 7 with reviewsLarry Shortt - San Antonio, TX511/24/2010A very complete wine.54/24/2011
A smoother, gentler Zin. Lovely wine. Very, very good.Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA53/23/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Bought this from WineShopper. One of the best Zin values I have ever had.Larry Shortt - San Antonio, TX511/28/2010Loved it; wish it had not been sold out.I would have bought more bottles.210/23/2010Okay, but one can do better in this price range. Fruit forward, a little hot on alcohol, smooth finish. It did get better after 20 minutes or so.310/5/2010First had a failed cork - wine basically dripping through the foil:( Hope the others made it. Still drinkable though...410/5/2010Very smooth, great depth of flavor, ready to drink; excellent with rich cheeses and pate; should work well with Thanksgiving dinner
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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