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A well behaved California Zinfandel that is stylisticly different from the Zinfandels of Central California. The Dry ...Read more...
Smoky, burning chaparral top notes greet the nose followed by subtle toasting Middle Eastern spice notes over red berry fruit. There’s a little p... Read more
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 ... Read more
Extremely fruity and smooth. Read more
Food Pairings for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
Editorial Reviews for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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
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
Extremely fruity and smooth.
heavier almost meaty flavor. a little vegetal and a little acidic.
Looking for local bottle.
Great fruit notes.
Dark cherries on the nose with a hint of burnt marshmallows. Bright body that falls off quickly on the finish.
Quivira is a terroir driven house. The land is the signature of the wine and not the hand of the winemaker. They go to great lengths to plant the right varietals in the right places to reach the right maturity of sugar and acidity. The Dry Creek Valley is Mecca for Zinfandel. The Quivira vineyard established in the in the 1980s had existing Zin vines that were originally planted in the 1930s. The longevity is a testament to the suitability. The rugged character of the land comes through in the wine. Look: This wine is dark garnet at the depth and ruby red at the edges. It has the clarity of a Pinot, and none of the inkiness of some Zins. Smell: Spiced rhubarb pie, served with a side of plum and raisin compote come through in this bold, rustic and fruity nose. Taste: Quivira comes on with a rush of smoked raspberry, anise, bitter chocolate and black pepper with ample alcohol with sleek acidity. This is a good wine to warm you after a day tracking wild boar in the woods. Winemaker, Hugh Chappelle, says the ideal place to open the bottle of Quivira Zinfandel is on the back patio on a lazy weekend afternoon with family and friends. Zinfandel and grilled food are a perfect pair. Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/12/wine-with-a-wild-side-quivira-zinfandel-dry-creek-valley/
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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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.
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.
Made from benchland grapes, this Claret-styled Zin shows depth of flavors, and a rich intensity suited for lamb or grilled steak dinners.
Ripe and appealing in a rustic style, with a jammy edge to the red cherry, raspberry and plum flavors.
Supple, with a grapey tone to the cherry and berry character. An elegant, understated style with appealing flavors and mild, integrated tannins. Drink now through 2002.
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.
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.
In Sonoma County, wild boars seem to enjoy a cluster of juicy Zinfandel as much as we do! As in a fully functioning biodynamic farm, animals play an important part of a self-sustaining cylce from the farm to the vineyard to the bottle. Ruby the Pig is the mascot on this 100% estate grown and produced Dry Creek Zinfandel. A visit to the property and you will not only find a working farm and garden, but also at least 11 different breeds of chicken that produce eggs for the estate and local restaurants. Chicken manure is combined into the compost pile and soil. Quivira has been a Demeter-certified Biodynamic and organic winery since 2005. They have been actively engaged in restoring creeks that the Coho salmon and Steelhead trout sprawn in. The installation of a solar electric system supplier approximately 70% of the estate's energy needs. Environmentally conscious winegrowing and winemaking are the way of life at Quivira. Taste the difference in this estate limited production Zinfandel. As an official partner of (American's trout and salmon conservation organization), Quivira makes a donation to TU for every bottle sold.
A well behaved California Zinfandel that is stylisticly different from the Zinfandels of Central California. The Dry Creek Valley delivers good integration of fruit, alcohol and tannins. There are fresh fruits and cherries on the nose, with flavors of raspberries, boysenberries, baking spice, and a touch of oak. Dry with medium levels of tannins, and medium to high levels of acidity gives this Zinfandel enough restraint for food pairing with tri-tip, roasted ribs, pork loin, heavy pasta dishes, and hearty stews.
Dietary Information: Organic, Biodynamic
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