Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2010
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.
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.
External Reviews for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2001 Zinfandel, a blend of 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah (13.9% alcohol), offers an attractive fig, earthy, cherry, briery nose. While not complex, it is a pleasant, satisfying, medium-bodied, spicy Zinfandel with an angular finish. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
Briary but balanced, with wild berry and underbrush aromas and nicely structured boysenberry, roasted sage and fresh black pepper flavors that finish with zesty tannins. Drink now through 2014.
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.
Food Pairings for Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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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