Manzanita Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vines Carreras Ranch 2007
Manzanita Creek Wines are bold and beautiful. Big Zins with muscle. My favorite is the 05 Stealth from Alexander Valley and a fab 05 Handal Petite Sirah
Editorial Reviews for Manzanita Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vines Carreras Ranch
Lots of cola character on the nose with licorice, old leather and bitter cocoa top notes. Big and mouth-filling if a touch soft with a nice bed of tannins that are austere yet are currently cloaked in masses of ripe fruit. There's a nice spicy edge to this that offsets the black cherry/black plum fruit a bit and lends a slightly medicinal tone to the palate with late-to-pop herbal brambly notes adding additional complexity. The heat burns a touch on the finish that reverts back to a more cola-scented flavor. Big if a touch rustic and clumsy. 87pts
I would never guess this was a zin in a blind tasting. Not creamy or smooth, more like a really nice merlot. i would like to try this a few years from now when it really settles in. Still great to drink now though. Nice change of pace.
Just bought a case at the winery..... very big Jammy, fruit forward with a hint of Ruby Red grapefruit. Plush finish with big smooth tannins Love it....
Delicious, good balance. Jammy with nice tastes of currants, cherry bits of vanilla and a little bit of pepper. Big taste for a fair price.