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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2004
Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2004
(search item no. 90031)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $21.99

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
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape varieties: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

This Old Vine Zinfandel has deep ruby color and intense aromas of blackberry, black cherry and allspice. On the palate, the flavors burst with blueberry pie, vanilla, and dark cherry fruit. The wine gains additional balance and strength from its excellent acidity and supple tannins, which are well integrated with French oak. The finish is long and impressive with additional dark fruit flavors and toasty nuances creating a silky mouthfeel.

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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.