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Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Smoky, burning chaparral top notes greet the nose followed by subtle toasting Middle Eastern spice notes over red berry fruit. There’s a little pine-like note adding freshness on the light and zesty entry, which is followed by rich blackberry fruit that's a little tight and earthy with a nice briary edge. 89 points

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Quivira Vineyards & Winery:
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commi... Read more
Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Valley. Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commitment to this land, Biodynamic agriculture and our dedication to artisan winemaking. Quivira has been a Demeter-certified Biodynamic and organic winery since 2005 and is guided by a deeply-held principle of careful stewardship of the land and all its creatures. Environmentally conscious winegrowing and winemaking is a way of life at Quivira and the difference can be seen at the estate and tasted in the wines. The Quivira estate comprises four distinct vineyards within the Dry Creek Valley appellation in Sonoma County with a total of 93 acres of vines. In addition to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira grows several Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle works closely with Quivira's vineyard crew to capture the truest expression of each varietal from Quivira's vineyards. Tasting Room Hours Open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm, except major holidays. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/18/2013

Smoky, burning chaparral top notes greet the nose followed by subtle toasting Middle Eastern spice notes over red berry fruit. There’s a little pine-like note adding freshness on the light and zesty entry, which is followed by rich blackberry fruit that's a little tight and earthy with a nice briary edge. 89 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/12/2012

Smells slightly autumnal at first, with earthy, leafy notes that serve as a base for growing aromas of minty herb, strawberry, cherry and some old wood notes. Really bright on entry, this is fresh and transparent with an earth-framed core of blackberry and black cherry fruit that shows fine tree bark and mineral accents. This turns a bit creamy going towards the back end and picks up a modestly more obvious oak impression, adding some sweetness and spice to the long, surprisingly elegant finish. Very fresh and crisp, downright refreshing, in fact. 91pts


Member Reviews for Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,581
3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 04/02/2017

This received some fairly good reviews and scores and it was recommended to me. For me zins should show blackberry, briary, earthy notes with maybe sage, This really is the opposite - red fruits, some dark cherry are up front. The wine is mellow and not the bold zin that I appreciate most. For it's style it's fine - just not my cup of tea or wine. Drink now - 88 pts - Paul


Snooth User: Prbottleshop
1156711190
5.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/04/2012

Five glasses


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,460
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2012

Extremely fruity and smooth.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,080
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/09/2012

heavier almost meaty flavor. a little vegetal and a little acidic.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2012

Looking for local bottle.


Snooth User: amedina
90969214
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/07/2011

Great fruit notes.


Snooth User: mikeisn
96061521
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/03/2011

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2013 04/02/2017

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/28/2014

Inky ruby. Seductive aromas of raspberry, cinnamon and lavender, with a smoky mineral overtone. Sappy red fruit flavors are firmed and lifted by bitter pomegranate and orange zest notes, with slow-building spiciness adding complexity. The persistent, vibrant finish repeats the red fruit and spice notes and shows an almost pinot-like character. Decidedly graceful for zin and drinking very well right now.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/28/2014

A compact and classical Dry Creek Valley zinfandel, this holds red fruit and cracked black peppercorn spice within the darker tones of its tannins. The structure is firm but doesn’t add weight, strengthening the spice through the finish. This has the fortitude to age with grace, or decant it now for pulled pork.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/22/2011

A seductive wine that features bright blueberry, cherry and plum aromas and flavors with a hint of spice and toasty oak. Great with grilled lamb.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/17/2010

Quivira is a small, organic, family-run estate in the heart of Sonoma in California. This Zinfandel is produced with fruit from several different vineyards throughout the Dry Creek Valley. It's a dry red wine with an abundance of red raspberry fruit with underlying layers of tobacco, cedar, and mocha.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Heady in its ripeness, tough in its youth, this is closed off behind tannins as hard as earthenware. Give it a year or two to mellow, then decant a bottle for osso buco.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Quite tangy and bright. Spicy cherry flavors later reveal themselves, though there are hints of blackberry, cinnamon and herbs as well. The finish is moderate in length.


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