Quivira Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
Quivira Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Front Label

Quivira Reserve Zinfandel 2012

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

In less skilled hands, Zinfandel can quickly become clumsy. Through phased harvesting and using estate vineyards as the foundation, Winemaker, Hugh was instead able to produce a bold wine that nonetheless shows balance and grace. Aromas of sweet blackberries are at the forefront right out of the gate giving way to flavors of black cherries complemented by notable acidity, elegant tannins and that classic Dry Creek spice.

A perfect wine to partner with steak tartare or a slab of baby back ribs.

Blend: 79% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Zinfandel Reserve (14.5% natural alcohol) is a selection of the finest barrels. Slightly denser than the Quest, with darker blackberry and black cherry fruits, a more primordial meatiness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and impressive purity and freshness, this is classic Dry Creek Zinfandel to drink over the next 5-6 years.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Dusty tannins surround a lovely rendering of savory leather in this reserve Zin, a balanced, fruity expression of blackberry and cinnamon. The structure and weight suggest further aging, through 2018.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A bruiser, with black raspberry and spice aromas supporting deep, firm flavors of plum and dark chocolate. Needs time. Best from 2016 through 2022.
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Quivira is the name of a legendary kingdom, believed to have prospered centuries ago in the land now known as Sonoma County. Founded in 1981 by Henry and Holly Wendt and built in 1987, Quivira's winery has a present capacity of 20,000 cases. The property is 90 acres wide, 72.5 of which are planted with wine grapes. The vineyards reach from the western banks of Dry Creek up onto the adjacent hillsides. Quivira's family-owned vineyard and winery are home to a team of spirited people who add a dash innovation and artistry to Dry Creek Valley's long tradition of winegrowing and winemaking.
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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quakity like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secrets for Zinfandel

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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