Impresses for its impeccable balance, which is so hard for Syrah to achieve in California. Part of that is the fine vintage and part is Quivira’s historic understanding of winemaking. The wine is totally dry, with rich, thick tannins and mouthwatering acidity accompanying lush flavors of ripe blackberries, currants, dark chocolate, leather, black pepper and…
My favorite of Quivira’s Zins. From east-facing slopes, this dense and concentrated wine captures intense berry and cherry flavors and focuses them with laserlike intensity. The fruit sinks down deep into the tastebuds, while rich, dusty tannins provide the proper structure.
Made white Bordeaux-style, with barrel fermentation in partially new French oak and aged sur lies, this vineyard bottling is always interesting, but the ’04 is one of the best. It’s rich and creamy, with complex flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe fig, honeydew, crushed pineapple and peppery spice. Yet for all that, it’s quite dry. Don’t overchill, or you’ll miss the nuances.
Quivira is assemblng quite a track record with this bottling, which takes Petite Sirah’s irrepressible quality and pounds it into elegance and finesse. Dry and balanced, their ’06 shows ripe berry, chocolate and spice flavors wrapped into firm, fine tannins. Now through 2012.
A huge and generous wine, with jammy but controlled black-cherry and blackberry fruit. On the midpalate there’s a whiff of black pepper, most likely from the 18% old-vine Petite Sirah. The wine comes together beautifully on the finish with deep, lingering fruit and good acidity to carry the flavors.
Give credit both to the terroir and Quivira’s long experience, for this is a beautiful Zinfandel. A ripe harvest has given it lush blackberry, blueberry, black raspberry, mocha and spice flavors, but the wine maintains an essential balance and harmony, with a great tannin-acid ratio.
A Rhône-style field blend that shows why this style of red wine was a favorite of the oldtimers. It’s rich, dense, concentrated, and just plain fun to drink. Somehow combines easiness with complexity, making this dry, fruity wine one of the most versatile bottlings of the vintage. Forward tannins in the finish suggest aging possibilities.