This 2011 Zinfandel is reminiscent of the wines that attracted us to Dry Creek Valley in the first place. It has bright berry fruit with lovely spice aromas and flavors—all in a wine with moderate alcohol. Much like a full-bodied Chianti, this Zinfandel is quite versatile due to its balance. It should hold well for 3 years, but you know how I feel about Zin—just drink it now baby.
Varietal & Vineyard:
This Zinfandel comes primarily from our Primitivo- clone vineyard planted next to the winery. We favor the Primitivo-clone because it tends to produce berries that are smaller with thicker skins versus typical California Zinfandel selections. This leads to a richer wine with more tannin, which is characteristic of old vine Zin. We clip the wing bunch off all of our Zinfandel vines to help minimize bunch rot and to concentrate flavors.