Earthy and intense, but with soft edges. Has a rose-influenced element, some leather, and a warm spicy tone. This one hits the spot; it’s a reserved, somewhat old-fashioned wine, with a dusty, suave attitude. Much better than a sample reviewed in our 1999 Year End issue.
A vigorous, deeply flavored Zinfandel, made from old vines. Impressive for the depth of its black and red wild berry fruit, with nuances of anise, cocoa and a touch of raisins. And lots of spice, which suggests pepper steak. But be warned, the alcohol is very high.
Classic Dry Creek Zin, dry, spicy and briary. Has those rustic tannins that just love cheese, tomato sauce, spice-rubbed barbecue or a great beef taco. Perfect ripeness, too, brimming with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
There’s a wild, brambly note to the blackberry flavors, and a rich streak of cherry-chocolate candy in the middle palate. It’s a little unusual, but there’s no denying the deliciousness and class of this wine.
If you enjoy your cherry fruit on the tart side, served on a plank of cedar, then this wine is for you. So call us beavers—we fell for the smooth, toasty aromas. Lean, lemony flavors and hints of black tea and root beer keep the wine interesting.
Big, nicely focused wine with a roasty-toasty nose that sends up scents of smoke, coffee and roasted nuts. Lots of chocolate, cherries, preserves and ripe raspberry jam fill out the palate.
Bright and effusive, with lots of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum and blackberry flavors. Spice and herbs and interest to the blend, which is framed in ripe, firm tannins and shows a hint of vanilla and toast. Finishes with moderate length.