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Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very pretty and perfumed on the nose. All sorts of fresh and lightly dried fruit aromas like grapefruit and fig create attractive complexity. There’s also a nice floral top note here and some glassy, nuanced soil tones. This is rich and smooth in the mouth. Plenty of acidity adds its limy mark, but the slightly obviously sweet apple and pineapple fruit absorbs the acidity nicely, allowing it to add a nice mineral fishtail on the back end. The finish is a touch dull with the sugar taking the upper hand most of the way, but that’s a minor detail in an otherwise winning package. 90pts

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Dry Creek Vineyard:
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consu... Read more
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. For more than 30 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/16/2012

Very pretty and perfumed on the nose. All sorts of fresh and lightly dried fruit aromas like grapefruit and fig create attractive complexity. There’s also a nice floral top note here and some glassy, nuanced soil tones. This is rich and smooth in the mouth. Plenty of acidity adds its limy mark, but the slightly obviously sweet apple and pineapple fruit absorbs the acidity nicely, allowing it to add a nice mineral fishtail on the back end. The finish is a touch dull with the sugar taking the upper hand most of the way, but that’s a minor detail in an otherwise winning package. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/17/2008

Effusively aromatic with baked earth and fruit tones baked plum, tobacco and smoky oak with a tarry edge. A bit heavy on the nose. Big and rick with a sleek sweetness to the wine. There is a distinct dried fruit tone to the intense cherry/cranberry fruit here and fine pepperiness and briar accentuates the mid-palate. The tannins a fairly substantial but ripe and well balanced. Good length and typicity 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/06/2009

Very restrained on the nose, very soil driven and floral with a layered quality, some sweet fruit, sassafras, medicinal tone, cocoa powder, and licorice. There is nice depth here and the fruit freshens becoming jammier with black raspberry tones with some nice brambly tones. Polished and dark up front with a bit of a refined edge and obvious wood tannin. Nice and focused through the mid-palate with lightly spice red fruits and a zesty edge to the well integrated acidity and very smooth fine, soft tannins, a touch of violet pastille and blackberry candy on the palate. A bit drying at this point. This will need a year or two to allow the tannins to come into balance, nice fruit and very clean finish. 90pts

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,886
3.50 5
Vintage: 2015 09/12/2017

Fruit forward when first opened with some noticable tannin on the finish. The second day the fruit tammed down and a spiciness came forward. Really enjoyed it.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,579
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/22/2016

More red than blue purple color. Fairly fruity on entry but not the raspberry thing that I often get from DCV Zins—or Zin-heavy blends. More like stewed fruits—plum, apricot. Very mellow tannin. Mild acid. Another easy-to-drink wine, but not particularly complex.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,886
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/15/2014

Not as fruit forward as your standard Zin but is nicely balanced. A bit oakie for my taste.


Snooth User: connie7899
439221,502
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/05/2014

Fruit forward zin. Not tannic. Dry and pepper finish. Interesting but have a glass of water handy to cut the dry mouth feeling after. Hoping for a zin less dry.


Snooth User: Wineshout
1118902108
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/22/2012

The Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2010 (93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah) was sourced from grapes all over Sonoma in a 2010 growing season that, in Sonoma County, was considered by many the most challenging in generations. It started with record-breaking low temperatures in the spring, late bud break, and 20 days of rain in May (double the historic average). Yields were down, and cool climate varietals fared the best. Despite this, winemaker Eric Cinnamon has nurtured a big, bold Zinfandel. On the nose, the 2010 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is immediately generous on opening. Zin’s familiar ripe, jammy blackberry is supported by hints of blueberry jam. Licorice notes develop more gradually. The ripe berry fruit continues through onto the palate, reminding me of what they call in Scandinavia queen jam (a mixture of raspberry and blueberry), licorice, and very subtle hints of toasty oak. Timid palates beware, this Zin packs some heat that at 14.9% alcohol shouldn’t sneak up on anyone. The overall impression is a big, bold – almost decadent – Zin, and I’d say a classic take on the grape that has become a poster boy for the new world trend towards big wines. It pairs well with rich holiday meals with the plate stacked high with turkey and fixings. From Wineshout.com


Snooth User: WalkOnWine
137951572
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/25/2013

I tried this Zin on the recommendation of a local LCBO vintage wine clerk here in Ottawa, and supposedly he has forgotten more about california wines than most will ever know! That being said, I myself found it more complex and refined than most of the wines in this price category with a very clean finish!


Snooth User: calywa
9256772,504
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/13/2012

Bold and peppery. Amplifies spice.


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External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County

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Source: We Speak Wine
01/23/2018

GROWING SEASON: The 2016 harvest began with a relatively even growing season after welcome winter rains helped to alleviate the drought conditions. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cold nights – perfect for developing complex aromas and flavors. Harvest arrived earlier than usual, with a slightly smaller yield of exceptional quality fruit. September brought morning cloud cover and beautiful days with temperatures cruising along in the mid-80s, which led to delicious ripe flavors with lower sugars and higher acidity. WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2016 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage presents enticing aromatics of black cherry, boysenberry and plum with a hint of toast and white pepper. On the palate, brambly flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate come forward. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by notes of berry jam and a touch of ginger. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel. From start to finish, this remarkable wine offers refreshing acidity paired with excellent structure. BARREL AGING: 14 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 24% new oak ALCOHOL: 14.5% TA: 6.5g/L pH: 3.70


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 01/14/2017

GROWING SEASON: A dry and warm winter began the 2015 growing season with budbreak coming in early March. Cool weather came during fruit set, with not a lot of sunshine. A heat spike came in late June. However, the grapes ripened evenly and fl avor and development were right where we wanted them to be. Yields were a bit down from previous vintages, but the quality was extremely high. This was one of our earliest recorded harvests with one of the earliest finishes in our history! WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2015 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cherry and a hint of toast and black pepper. On the palate, brambly flavors of ripe boysenberry and spicy dark chocolate come forward. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by notes of berry syrup and mocha. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel. From start to finish, this remarkable wine offers refreshing acidity paired with excellent structure. BARREL AGING: 14 months in French, American and Hungarian oak PH: 3.65 TA: 0.63g/100mL ALCOHOL: 14.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/27/2016

HISTORY: Heritage Vines Zinfandel affirms our passion and dedication to the Zinfandel varietal, and comes from an experimental project initiated in 1982 to preserve the tradition and “heritage” of old Zinfandel vineyards. Cuttings from a pre-Prohibition era vineyard were provided for grafting onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Then, for several years we worked diligently to screen and propagate virus-free vines that would ultimately produce a crop. Finally, in 1997 the process concluded with a “young vine” wine with “old vine” Zinfandel characteristics, reminiscent of turn of the century heirloom vines. GROWING SEASON: An extremely dry winter began the 2014 growing season, giving us year number three of the drought. Unusually warm days in January and February were cause for concern. However, rain came in March and April at just the right time to recharge the ground water for the early growing season. Warm dry weather extended into summer, with very few heat spikes and ideal growing conditions. Harvest came fast and early with ripe flavors at sugar levels lower than normal. The fruit tasted beautiful as it came into the winery. Harvest finished earlier than normal and in December 2014, the winery had almost 20 inches of rain in two weeks - a welcome relief for the dry vineyards! WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cranberries and a hint of toast and pepper nuances. On the palate, you’ll experience flavors of black cherry, cranberry and spicy dark chocolate. The wine is complex, but does not burden the palate with too much of any single character - everything is in balance and carries the right amount of finesse. The tannins are silky and smooth with refined notes that please the senses. From start to finish, this wine is a joy to experience and reminds of us of just how good Zinfandel is from the Dry Creek Valley. BLEND: 78% Zinfandel 20% Petite Sirah 1% Primitivo 1% Carignane BARREL AGING: 13 months is French, American and Hungarian oak ALCOHOL: 14.5% PH: 3.62 TA: 0.62g/100mL


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Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

Appealing, with raspberry and cinnamon spice aromas and easy-drinking cherry and herb flavors. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

A stunning wine made from Gallo’s holdings in Sonoma, Dry Creek and Lodi, this 2012 Zinfandel Heritage Vines (100% varietal) tips the scales at 15.26% alcohol. Displaying lots of pepper as well as full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal intensity, briery, berry fruit and a big, juicy, succulent mouthfeel and finish, this $15 Zinfandel offers a lot of wine and considerable flavor as well as authority. It is a sensational bargain.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

The 2012 Lorenzo’s Heritage comes from an alluvial bench of red gravelly soils, and the non-irrigated vines are at least 100-years-old. Another blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet, it was aged in 30% new French oak, it achieved 15.4% natural alcohol, and 600 cases were produced. Full-bodied with copious notes of charcuterie, roasted meat, Provencal herbs, lavender and spice box, this full, thick, juicy red exploits in a brilliant manner these old field blends of mixed blacks. Drink it over the next 5–6 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2014

Bright ruby. Potent aromas of musky cherry pit, blueberry and bitter chocolate, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Plush, round and sweet, offering smoky black and blue fruit, mineral and floral pastille flavors complicated by cracked pepper and licorice. Finishes smoky and very long, with pliant tannins coming on late.


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