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Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2004

Member Review by drdebs:

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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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

Member Reviews for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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Snooth User: drdebs
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4.00 5
03/14/2008

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.


Snooth User: oceank8
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3.50 5
05/01/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

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.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

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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