Compared to Alderbrook’s Old Vine Zin, this is more tannic and closed, almost brooding. It doesn’t offer the immediate blast of pleasure, but is a very fine wine, with complex berry, spice, herb, smoke and cocoa flavors. Good now, and should gain complexity over the next 5 years.
A successful Zinfandel that shows its Dry Creek origins in the classic Zinfandel flavors and structure. Bone dry and not too high in alcohol, it offers a rich array of ripe grilled blackberries, blueberries, black pepper, Dr. Pepper cola and sweet, smoky sandalwood, wrapped into thick, fine tannins.
This is one of two new reserves from winemaker T.J. Evans, who set himself the goal to produce quintessential Zinfandels from both the Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley appellations. From 50 year old vines, the wine is fragrant with wild strawberries and enhanced with chocolatey oak. Sweet, vivid and food friendly, it’s a wonderful debut.
This is great Zin, filled with personality. Showcases the briary, brambly wild blackberry and blueberry flavors, spices and dusty tannins this appellation is famous for. Finishes dry and smooth. Beautiful and compelling now.
Zinfandels are always worth a look. Their ’03 Old Vine was very good. This is better, with greater depth and complexity. It showcases classic Dry Creek terroir in the dryness, richly tannic structure, and explosively peppery, wild berry and cherry fruit flavors.
Delicious berries and cream nose, which follows through with crisp, spicy flavors and good structure. OVOC stands for “old vines old clones” and the fruit, from head-pruned, hillside vineyards, lives up to its billing. Great all-purpose Zin.
Dense and well structured, the wine serves up an elegant array of ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors. Ripe, plush tannins frame the ensemble, which also features coffee, toast, cocoa, sage and spice notes. Full bodied and smooth; long on the finish.