Gary Farrell Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bradford Mountain Vineyard 2008
The 2008 growing season was a roller coaster year. It began with dry warm weather that started vines growing early. Then there were freezing temperatures during the spring (down to 23 degrees F. in some areas of Sonoma County) causing some damage due to frost, followed by excessive heat and high wind during bloom. Thereafter we had slightly above average temperatures, followed by slightly below average temperatures all summer long. From a winemaking perspective, the dry growing season produced the benefit of inducing "moderate stress" on the vines, which limited growth of the canopy and focused the vines' energy on the grapes. The smaller berries with the slightly lighter crop combined to produce beautiful concentrated fruit flavors.
RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
One of the best Zins I had the pleasure of tasting. Drinkable alone or paired with probably anything. Smooth all the way through from the first sip to the final tip of the glass. No complexity or lingering aftertaste just a sintilating nose followed by a satisfying experience. Most recently enjoyed on Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day 2013 at Citrus in the Valencia Hotel, accompanied by an amazing beef of Bison; in fact, chosen by Barack Obama for the Inagural Luncheon in the midst of the 2nd term Inaguration Day. Had no idea we shared the same meal. Thrice, the wine, the food, and the day, AMAZING!
Four and a half glasses
Food Pairings for Gary Farrell Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bradford Mountain Vineyard
The 2008 Bradford Mountain Zinfandel shows deep intensity in appearance with a dark ruby core of color. The developing nose and palate possess medium plus intensity, showing blackberry, baked plum, black cherry and strawberry jam. Some spicy black pepper, chocolate and vanilla also play a supporting role. A soft, supple viscosity and a plethora of sweet, juicy fruits make this a difficult wine to say no to.
456 cases produced.
|Alcohol: 14.1%||pH: 3.48|
|Total Acidity: 7.3 grams per liter|
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