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!
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.
This wine is now my new favorite!
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
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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.
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.
Spicy, racy, and modestly tannic, with lingering chocolate, dried black currant, plum and lead pencil flavors. Drink now through 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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