Dutcher Crossing Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008

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Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Fairly straightforward and not at all flamboyant in the nose with nicely matched fruit and sweet oak working well together, this mouthfilling Zin proves to be a big, wide-open, no-holds-barred wine with dense, highly ripened, blackberry flavors that smack of chocolate and briar. It runs into a bit of last-minute toughness, but it is not as coarse as its high percentage of Petite Sirah might predict, and, while it will hold for several years, it is the most ready-to-drink wine of the Dutcher Crossing lot.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.

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Dutcher Crossing Winery:
The Dutcher Crossing winemaking style is “hand-crafted.” From the selection of special blocks of choice grapes within a vineyard to our small open-top fermenting tanks, our wines receive the hands-on attention required to produce wines of the exceptional quality that exhibit the intense flavors and character of each varietal. All our wines are then aged in American, French or European oak barre... Read more
The Dutcher Crossing winemaking style is “hand-crafted.” From the selection of special blocks of choice grapes within a vineyard to our small open-top fermenting tanks, our wines receive the hands-on attention required to produce wines of the exceptional quality that exhibit the intense flavors and character of each varietal. All our wines are then aged in American, French or European oak barrels until they are ready for bottling. Dutcher Crossing Vineyard The majestic vineyard in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley is the home of Dutcher Crossing Winery. Its rich sandy and silt loam surface soils mixed with some gravel and clay provide a favorable terrior for grapevines as roots can extend deeper in the soil profile. For over 30 years this vineyard has been producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for high-quality wines, and its fruit commands some of the highest Cabernet prices in the county. The vineyard is being replanted to align micro soil content with the best grape varietals, root stocks and clones. Our goal is to produce some of the finest estate produced and bottled wines in the Dry Creek Valley. With a magnificent view of the panoramic vineyards and hillside beauty of the Dry Creek Valley, our tasting room welcomes visitors with a sampling of some Dry Creek's best wines. In an intimate setting, Dutcher Crossing Winery is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Away from the crowds, just outside of Healdsburg, you will find a warm, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere here in our tasting room and winery. The Tasting Room and Picnic Area are open 7 days a week from 11am-5pm. We are closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years day. We can accommodate private and group tours, by appointment only. Read less
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External Reviews for Dutcher Crossing Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Fairly straightforward and not at all flamboyant in the nose with nicely matched fruit and sweet oak working well together, this mouthfilling Zin proves to be a big, wide-open, no-holds-barred wine with dense, highly ripened, blackberry flavors that smack of chocolate and briar. It runs into a bit of last-minute toughness, but it is not as coarse as its high percentage of Petite Sirah might predict, and, while it will hold for several years, it is the most ready-to-drink wine of the Dutcher Crossing lot.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Intense, incisively berry-like fruit leaps out in the nose of this deep, big-bodied effort and stays at center stage throughout its length. If unstinting in ripeness, it is never wholly defined by it, and its tantalizing mix of berries and sweet oak tags it as near-classic Zinfandel. Good balance, as always, proves the key to success here, and, while concentrated, boldly flavored and very long on the palate, it is not undone by its evident heat.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Once again led by intense, incisively berry-like fruit, this ample Zinfandel is tilted to ripeness and shows intriguing notes of pepper and cinnamon-like spice that distinguish it from its mates. It is broad and slightly viscous on entry and then firmed by fairly obvious acids and astringency. It winds up a bit hot and tough and will do best if teamed with appropriately rich foods after resting for a couple of years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. So very ripe as to hint at raisins and showing strong themes of dark chocolate, sweet spice and caramel at the expense of fruit, this full-throttle effort is a bit better balanced than its embrace of high ripeness might indicate. It is slightly fat at the start and fights with heat and an edge of finishing dryness, yet it is not wholly dried out. If its fruit lags a bit, it does stay in view and should keep the wine on track for several years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. So very ripe as to hint at raisins and showing strong themes of dark chocolate


07/05/2011

"Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Once again led by intense



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