Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006
The 2006 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel begins with a deep and inky purple-red color. At first swirl, up front fruit aromas of wild blackberry and plum are evident along with more subtle layers of white pepper and cardamom spice. On the palate, the flavors are rich and concentrated with additional blackberry characters that mingle with chocolate, allspice, and vanilla. The tannins are firm and supple, creating a balanced mouthfeel that seems to linger on and on. This is an elegant, sophisticated, and polished Zinfandel that displays Sonoma County fruit at its very best.
Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage
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
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
Briny, savory, fungal nose with a bit of fruit laying in wait underneath. Good bit of acidity, dark blackberry flavors, tar, and the fungal hints on the palate as well, but they take the back seat to the fruit. Finish is quite long, warm, with some spice.
Aroma: Cherries, Plums, earth, hint of chocolate, baking spice. Flavors: Fairly light, Plums, some tannins, dusty notes. Finishes quickly. An elegant wine, far better than its price might indicate.
Like the city of Pompeii five hundred years after nature had her fit. The terror is no longer palpable, after so much time has passed. When you dig through the ashes, it has so much to teach you about itself, how it used to live and breath, the moments of prayer, the arguments with loved ones, the making and breaking of miniature empires. They did it standing on the ashes of something even more ancient and beyond our grasp, ad infinitum.
simple and nice.
Raspberry jam, spice (cinnamon?) and sweetness in aroma. Good acidity and some spice in the finish.
Very well balanced and slightly chewy. This zin is in! (The house.)
Immediately got a bacony greasy vibe from this one, but in the good way. Prickly and fun.
External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage
Harvested by hand, these grapes were estate-grown at our Los Amigos Ranch, located 11 miles northeast of the winery. After fermentation, the wine was aged 14 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
Old Vine Zinfandel carries special meaning at our family winery. The term, originally coined by founder David Stare, refers special "old vine" vineyards located in and around the Dry Creek Valley. With vines averaging more than 80 years in age, the 2006 vintage displays incredible aromas of black stone fruit that ooze lushness and richness. On the palate the wine is dense and concentrated with classic briary and raspberry ﬂavors along with the wine's signature cardamom spice complexity. The ﬁnish incorporates smoky vanilla notes from the French oak, leading to a long and satisfying aftertaste. A blockbuster Zin. - Winery