Stephen & Walker Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek 2007
This Zinfandel was a joy to make (what Zinfandel isn't)? We crushed all berries, and let them sit on in a cold soak for 4 days before we added yeast, the grapes had just started to ferment on their own anyway! The small, 1 ton, open topped fermentation tanks are my favorite to use for making wine, because you can walk right up and get you nose next to the cap and smell all those gorgeous aromas and flavors just churning away inside the fermentor. Fermentations lasted about 9 days and then we pressed off directly into our French oak barrels for ageing 15 months in the cellar before bottling.
Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that speak of the terroir and her signature elegant style.
A very unique wine for two main reasons. One is the fact that this Zin has a lot more structure and tannin than your average fruit bomb but in a very good way. That structure supports a lot of great flavors from creme de framboise, boysenberry jam, and black berries to black peppery, tobacco and (this is the second) smoke. No not the "smoke-like" woody flavors you get with most wines this is honest to goodness smoke.
Food Pairings for Stephen & Walker Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek
Rich, dense, subtle floral notes, smoky toasty oak, vanilla, ripe berry fruit. Soft integrated tannin, medium long finish.