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Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This prized and historic wine presents a special aroma and flavor profile that is distinctive to the Dry Creek Valley appellation. Black and white pepper, dried flowers, potpourri, and bright cherry elements immediately arise from the glass. After several minutes of airing, the wine reveals layers of blackberry and raspberry fruit along with exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is rich and well-balanced with black raspberry, wild cherry, and brambly fruit. Several more sips reveal a bright earthy quality that is truly unique and distinctive. This is a wine that is seamless and well integrated from start to finish.

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Wine Enthusiast
This is so bold and rich, it could stop a tsunami of barbacue sauce and a herd of galloping babyback ribs. They say the age of the vines is between 90–110 years. This wine is sheer lusciousness, with flavors of wild blackberries, cola and plums, along with a blueberry jam and black pepper finish.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Zinfandel Old Vine (over 90 years of age) is an impressive effort for the vintage. It offers a deep ruby/purple hue along with lots of clean, pure black cherry and blackberry fruit, spicy oak, earth and spice box notes. A blend of 83% Zinfandel and 17% Petite Sirah that tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol, this attractive Zin can be drunk over the next 3-4 years.
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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Vineyard

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Dry Creek Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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Established in 1972 by David S Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard is Dry Creek Valley’s flagship winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. This premier family owned winery is celebrating 46 years of winemaking and is led by the second generation. Founder David Stare’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, serves as President overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape growing business that includes 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. Named one of the Top 100 wineries of 2015 by Wine & Spirits Magazine and a Top 10 Tasting Room by USATODAY, the winery is also 100% Certified Sustainable. Dry Creek Vineyard proudly produces delicious Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends as well as a portfolio of single vineyard selections.

The origins of our nautical themed labels are purely personal. We have enjoyed a long love affair with the sport of sailing and have a profound appreciation of America’s nautical heritage. Combining two passions, we were inspired to use the sailing ship theme on our wine labels. In 1982, when the original idea was unveiled, it was seen as a rather daring and risky move. More than 30 years later, the sailing ships that adorn our wine bottles are easily identifiable and recognized by consumers around the world. Since the beginning, Sonoma County artist Michael Surles has provided the beautiful paintings for our labels. Using a variety of mediums from watercolor to richly hued oils, Surles captures the spirit of the high seas.

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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