The Wine Specialist USD 18.99 750ml

Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautifully balanced and elegant, the vintage of Heritage Zinfandel exudes the distinctive jammy characters of our world famous growing region. At first swirl, aromas of raspberry and red berry immediately leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine exhibits denser elements of blackberry, anise and pepper. The combination of cooler Russian River and warmer Dry Creek Valley fruit is on display, finishing with a smooth and balanced finish. At only 13.5% alcohol, this is a sophisticated Zinfandel with old world character and charm. 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah

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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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Member Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage

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Snooth User: calywa
9256772,127
3.00 5
07/13/2012

Bold and peppery. Amplifies spice.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
3.50 5
08/21/2012

Dark garnet hue with aromas of blueberries and dried cherries; jammy flavor notes of ripe black cherry, blueberry and earth spice focused over a moderate and integrated finish. A good everyday zin for the bbq!


Snooth User: snglmltrblnd84
1016506396
4.00 5
10/03/2012

I tried this the other day, and was very impressed. This wine was perfectly balanced and a true fruit bomb! A little spice note on the nose and finish.


Snooth User: snglmltrblnd84
1016506396
0.00 5
10/03/2012

This wine is now my new favorite!


Snooth User: CJLew
1033955183
4.00 5
02/26/2012

A nice, multi-faceted, and interesting wine. A good wine, I think, for relative newbies looking to move on to higher levels. It will cause one to think about what you're tasting, and stretch your powers of description a bit. An odd but pleasant juxtaposition of sensations.The flavor, such as the way residual sugars work along with the fruit, and the relatively modest 13.5% alc. content, I would call almost lamb-skin "gentle." Other aspects, such as some healthy acids and more of a tannic presence than other zins I've tried, (plus some pepperiness, and a little heat in the stomach), work in the opposite direction, and provide a counterpoint. The pepperiness sometimes persists through the the finish, and sometimes not, so there is a nice variation while drinking. Having personally hovered in the high-teens and under $-range up till now, this wine has been an undeniable step up: a whole new level of quality, and one can tell that a lot of thought, effort and care went into making it. That said, the fruit might be a little overly gentle for some zin seekers, and the components of the wine seem a little "unintegrated," like they exist a little bit separate from one another, but interact in an interesting way


Snooth User: BubbaTex
6616464
3.50 5
08/22/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This Zin's smooth red fruit has a honey, brett-like earthiness and a firm grip. Scents of sassafras and indigo ink build out of the bricky tannins, and that tannin lasts, needing lots of air before serving with grilled sausages.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Robust and at times elegant, with an array of ripe cherry, currant and blackberry fruit. Finishes with depth, complexity and a nice sense of balance and proportion. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Spicy, racy, and modestly tannic, with lingering chocolate, dried black currant, plum and lead pencil flavors. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
01/03/2012

This wine has all the qualities you could ask for in a Zinfandel mdash; balanced, juicy blackberry, boysenberry fruit and subtle pepper. It finishes strong with spice and more pepper. Drink this wine with grilled meats, turkey or spicy Mediterranean or Middle Eastern dishes.


External Review
01/03/2012

Herersquo;s a steal. It doesnrsquo;t have the power, the expensive oak or the length of flavor that many of the more ambitious Zins boast, but it does what it sets out to do with an effortless ease. The wine is all about generosity and floral spice. It starts with a burst of purple rose flavor, soft as a rose petal, all its spiciness seeming to be just around a corner, which, once turned, yields a deep well of raspberry and black cherry fruit. Itrsquo;s dense and delicious, a hedonistic pleasure, so seductive up front mdash; a terrific performance from the team at Gallo of Sonoma.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Captures the essence of Zinfandel character - lush berry fruit flavors and moderate tannins; great for everyday drinking.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2000 Zinfandel Heritage Vines is a real steal. It exhibits a dark ruby/plum color along with explosive aromas of black fruits, pepper, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with oodles of briery fruit, a supple texture, and a long, lusty, heady finish, this uncomplicated, delicious Zinfandel should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.


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Beautifully balanced and elegant, the vintage of Heritage Zinfandel exudes the distinctive jammy characters of our world famous growing region. At first swirl, aromas of raspberry and red berry immediately leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine exhibits denser elements of blackberry, anise and pepper. The combination of cooler Russian River and warmer Dry Creek Valley fruit is on display, finishing with a smooth and balanced finish. At only 13.5% alcohol, this is a sophisticated Zinfandel with old world character and charm. 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah

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