Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,947
4.00 5
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
89065212,947
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 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

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Snooth User: Prbottleshop
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5.00 5
12/04/2012

Five glasses


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

Extremely fruity and smooth.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
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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
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/03/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: heathbodell
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/06/2012

Dark cherries on the nose with a hint of burnt marshmallows. Bright body that falls off quickly on the finish.


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External Reviews for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 09/22/2011

Ripe and appealing in a rustic style, with a jammy edge to the red cherry, raspberry and plum flavors.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

This producer consistently turns out attractive, richly fruity, elegant Zinfandels. The medium-bodied 1997 offers abundant berry fruit intertwined floral notes, spice, and well-integrated wood. Tasty, with sweet fruit, medium weight, and a clean, vibrant finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

High toned with spice and the dry black pepper warmth of alcohol, this is relatively austere in fruit expression for all its smoky tannin. A rustic red for sausages.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.


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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

Dietary Information: Organic, Biodynamic

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.50%

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