June 2019 Wine Club Red

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Dry Creek Vineyard, located on the floor of the Dry Creek Valley in California, has been a family-owned and operated business for the past 47 years. Their mission has always been to offer the highest quality wines possible at reasonable prices.

Zinfandel is probably the most quintessential American varietal, free from European ideas of appellation and style. This is evident in the variety of terroirs where Zinfandel thrives and the wide range of styles in which it is made. Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley have distinct flavors and aromas of black cherry and vanilla. According to Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), Dry Creek Valley is one of the five regions raising the bar in Zinfandel wine production. Dry Creek Vineyard’s Heritage Vines Zinfandel comes from an experimental project initiated in 1982 by their Vineyard Manager, Duff Bevill, to preserve the tradition and “heritage” of very old Zinfandel vineyards.

The 2016 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is a blend of 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petit Sirah, and 1% Primitivo. The wine is aged for 24 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.

Dry Creek Vineyard’s winemaker describes his creation as follows:

“The 2016 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage presents enticing aromas of raspberries, cherry and a hint of toast and black pepper. On the palate, brambly flavors of ripe boysenberry and spicy dark chocolate come forward. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by notes of berry syrup and mocha. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel. From start to finish, this remarkable wine offers refreshing acidity paired with excellent structure.”

This wine would pair perfectly with grilled foods of all kinds, cheeses, vegetable dishes, and spicy dishes.

The Wine Spectator review describes the wine as, “Appealingly old-school, with zesty and briary raspberry, grilled anise and white pepper flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2022.”

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