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Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007

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Wine Tasting Notes The 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

Member Reviews for Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone

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Snooth User: cesarhdez
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4.00 5
05/09/2010

Nothing is missing here. Maybe the best Zinfandel in your supermarket.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
05/10/2009

Peppery licorice nose. Very fruity, with white pepper flavors and dripping with fruit flavors, still young and a little tight. The finish is on more licorice and some tobacco.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
09/23/2010

Spicy plum aromas greet the nose with hints of chocolate, forest floor and floral in the background. Cherry, blackberry, plum and prune start the lively medley of flavors on the palate, with notes of wild herbs and berries, along with chocolate and pepper intertwined with a pleasant acidity and strong tannin support. A great value wine, this Zin dries and cleans the palate even as the bright, treble tastes exit, leaving a longing for more to replenish the ephemeral but delightful closing.


Snooth User: ohbuck9
17903041
3.00 5
05/29/2009

It needs a couple more years of aging, but it is a good wine.


Snooth User: eraserhead
23411878
2.00 5
02/05/2010

Two glasses


External Reviews for Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone

External Review
03/05/2009

This Sonoma Valley Zin is full of baking spices and rich, ripe fruit. Try at your next barbecue or with braised short ribs.


External Review
01/17/2009

Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2007


External Review
04/14/2010

WS: 87 Points WE: 87 Points


External Review
12/03/2009

Rancho Zabaco is a name virtually synonymous with Zinfandel, but not just any Zinfandel. Rancho Zabaco is crafted for the Zinfandel enthusiast with distinctive wines from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma County. That means that Rancho Zabaco Zinfandels are exuberantly robust and full of spice – the kind of taste that makes Zin lovers smile and say "Wow!"


External Review
05/17/2010

Zesty and easy to drink, with spicy cherry aromas and lively flavors of wild berry, fresh pepper and sage. Drink now through 2012. 13,877 cases made. -TF Powerful in Zinny character, this blend of Dry Creek and Russian River grapes bursts with brawny flavors of wild berries, chocolate-covered mint, tobacco and pepper, wrapped into sturdy tannins. Shows real class and character. - S.H.



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Wine Tasting Notes The 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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