Great Sonoma Zinfandels at ZAP Festival 2011

Including the Zins of Dry Creek Valley


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2008 Wilson Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Sawyer Vineyard 15.2%, $30

Intense and extract on the nose exuding essence of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. This is packed with brambly briary berry fruits, soil tones, and light licorice and baking spice notes all topped with a floral nuance. In the mouth this is powerful and chewy, with a touch of hoisin right up front, which is followed by powerful, rich waves of herb-inflected blackberry and jammy strawberry fruit. There are significant tannins here and a nice lashing of vanilla and subtler wood spice but everything is in gorgeous proportion. Even though the wine is large-scaled it’s wonderfully aromatic and fairly transparent. The finish closes in a bit due to the tannin and a touch of heat, but the fruit -- focused and lean -- powers through the tannin, ending with a jammy red cherry note and aromatic floral and herb tones. Fabulous Zin. 93pts

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  • Snooth User: Seabrooker
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    We loved the Wilson Zins when we went tasting in November, but our favorites on that trip were all from Amador/Shenandoah- Wilderotter, Bonjon, Runquist and Convergence. These may not make to the ZAP festival, but anyone going anywhere close should take the time to explore this area.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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