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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2009
Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 111844)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 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:

Beautifully balanced and elegant, the 2009 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel exudes the distinctive jammy characters of our world famous growing region. At first swirl, aromas of raspberry and red berry immediately leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine exhibits denser elements of blackberry, anise and pepper. The combination of cooler Russian River and warmer Dry Creek Valley fruit is on display, finishing with a smooth and balanced finish. At only 13.5% alcohol, this is a sophisticated Zinfandel with old world character and charm.

Blend: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah

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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.