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Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel 2011

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • RP90
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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.

Critical Acclaim

WE 91
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
The 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

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Dry Creek Vineyard, , California
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.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

SOU346265_2011 Item# 126867

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