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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2006
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 93964)

PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel begins with a deep and inky purple-red color. At first swirl, up front fruit aromas of wild blackberry and plum are evident along with more subtle layers of white pepper and cardamom spice. On the palate, the flavors are rich and concentrated with additional blackberry characters that mingle with chocolate, allspice, and vanilla. The tannins are firm and supple, creating a balanced mouthfeel that seems to linger on and on.

This is an elegant, sophisticated, and polished Zinfandel that displays Sonoma County fruit at its very best.

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.