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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2003
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2003
(search item no. 87827)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 Old Vine Zinfandel is the best blend from our finest Sonoma sites. This vintage gives us aromas of blackberry and raspberry mixed with a hint of clove and spice. Balanced and elegant, a wonderful harmony of dark fruit coats the palate with flavors of dark berry, ripe cherry and plum. The jammy berry flavors expand across the palate with a hint of earthiness and spice and a long, distinctive finish.
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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.