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Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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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.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,768
3.50 5
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
89065212,768
4.00 5
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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4.00 5
03/27/2009

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.

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Snooth User: boris8
37883024
3.50 5
03/15/2010

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.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
04/03/2009

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.50 5
11/27/2008

simple and nice.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
04/04/2009

Raspberry jam, spice (cinnamon?) and sweetness in aroma. Good acidity and some spice in the finish.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
03/27/2009

Very well balanced and slightly chewy. This zin is in! (The house.)

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  • Snooth User: solomania9
    63312,961
    3.50 5
    04/03/2009

    Immediately got a bacony greasy vibe from this one, but in the good way. Prickly and fun.


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    External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage

    External Review
    06/15/2010

    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


    External Review
    03/08/2010

    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.



    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.

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