Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2009
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
Bold and peppery. Amplifies spice.
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!
This wine is now my new favorite!
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.
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
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage
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.
Spicy, racy, and modestly tannic, with lingering chocolate, dried black currant, plum and lead pencil flavors. Drink now through 2004.
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.
Captures the essence of Zinfandel character - lush berry fruit flavors and moderate tannins; great for everyday drinking.
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.
Pretty aromas of cherry, raspberry, smoke, vanilla and citrus. A bit heavy-textured, but with a bright edge that gives balance. Moderate length on the end.
Beautifully balanced and elegant, the 2009 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. - WineryBLEND: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite SirahAPPELLATION: Sonoma CountyHARVEST DATES: September-October 2009ALCOHOL: 13.5%BRIX Average: 25.6FERMENTATION: Average 18 days in stainless steel fermenters, pumped over twice daily during fermentation.PH: 3.73TA: .55g/100mLBARREL AGING: 10 months in American and French oak, 40% new oakSOILS: Varies with a combination of gravelly loam and clay loam on rolling hills to steep hillsides.VINE AGE: Varies from 7 t...