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I liked this a lot. Dark plum in color. Aromas of black cherry, allspice, and cedar. Flavors are cherry, baker's chocolate, and pepper. 14.2% alc/v... Read more
As AppellationAmerica.com readers know, the 2003 vintage in Dry Creek Valley – one of California’s most favored regions for Zinfandel – was so hot ... Read more
Quivira is a small, organic family run estate in the heart of Sonoma. This Dry Creek Zinfandel is produced with fruit coming from a few different v... Read more
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I liked this a lot. Dark plum in color. Aromas of black cherry, allspice, and cedar. Flavors are cherry, baker's chocolate, and pepper. 14.2% alc/vol. Nice acidity at the core, very food friendly. This zin feels and tastes more old fashioned and restrained--just the way I like them and remember them from the 90s when they were my favorite. Note: 3 days after first opening, and sitting with a cork in it on the counter, the wine is smooth, with more notes of clove, cinnamon, allspice, and baker's chocolate. Less pepper. Suggests it will open up nicely and continue to develop over the next 12 mos.
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As AppellationAmerica.com readers know, the 2003 vintage in Dry Creek Valley – one of California’s most favored regions for Zinfandel – was so hot that valley winemakers on our Appellation Discovery Tasting panel didn’t even want to find a signature for 2003 Zin. The vintage was that out of the ordinary. 2004 returned to form, however, and in Dry Creek that means Zinfandel with great balance and dimensionality marked by scents of violets and flavors of white pepper. Back in the days when Cabernet was made like claret – meaning a balanced wine of moderate alcohol – some of the state’s best Zin was made in the claret style. That’s one of the reasons people keep turning to Dry Creek for Zinfandel: it’s not only not over the top, it’s not about “top” at all: it’s about expansive, mouth-filling wine that doesn’t need a ton of sugar or alcohol to make its point.A great example is Quivira’s 2004 Dry Creek Valley bottling ($20). When people talk about lip-smacking Zin, this is what they mean: it takes over your mouth with flowing berry/plum flavors and good-gripping grape tannins, so that you wind up chewing it and savoring it and wishing for more. A healthy dose of Petite Syrah adds to the weight and texture, but the wine’s still a comparatively low-alcohol Zin so it remains calm, cool and collected – a fascinating facet to bring to such a fun-loving grape.
Quivira is a small, organic family run estate in the heart of Sonoma. This Dry Creek Zinfandel is produced with fruit coming from a few different vineyards throughout the Dry Creek Valley. This Zinfandel shows bright red raspberry fruit, with underlying layers of tobacco, cedar, and mocha.
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