Quite a beautiful Zinfandel. It takes Dry Creek’s briary fruit and lifts it, although the wine retains a peppery, brambly character. Blended with Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro (Mourvèdre), it’s rich in wild raspberry, cherry, sweet cured tobacco, anise and sandalwood flavors, with a squeeze of orange essence.
Polished and supple, this is a classic Dry Creek Zin. It’s full-bodied, tannic and dry, with marvelous flavors of briary, brambly wild berries, nettles, anise, chocolate-covered mint and loads of black pepper.
The winery has an excellent track record over the years with this single-vineyard bottling. It boasts flavors of berry jam, milk chocolate, anise and peppery spice, wrapped into rich, soft tannins. Delicious with beef stew, barbecue, or just a classic burger.
Lack of oak is not the problem here. There’s scads of it, dripping with vanilla, buttered toast, caramelly char, the works. The fruit? Appley and pineappley, with a creamy texture and a hit of acids.
This 100% Cabernet was grown in a hilly part of the eastern valley. It shows very ripe, jammy flavors of cherries and raspberries. Saved from simplicity by smooth tannins and a kiss of dusty earth. Drink now.
Oak dominates this Zin-based blend, which contains Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro (Mourvèdre). The underlying wine is as rich as the very fine 2008, with berry, cherry, currant, leather and spice flavors. But sweet, caramelized oak rules, to the wine’s detriment.
Nothing subtle about this big, ripe, oaky Chardonnay. It shows the tropical fruit richness of a fine Alexander Valley Chard, flamboyant in pineapple custard flavor, with a flinty minerality. The sweet overlay of smoky oak is perfectly in keeping with the wine’s volume.