"2. 2015 Dry Creek Vineyard, “Heritage Vines,” Sonoma
County ($22) – Medium to medium-dark purplish ruby;
attractive, forward, moderately intense, spicy, peppery,
raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma with a hint of black
pepper; medium-full to full body; spicy, briary, red and black
fruit flavors with bright acidity, peppery notes, and a hint of
dark chocolate; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.
Ready and easy to drink now. Very highly recommended.
14.5% alcohol; 17,500 cases; blended with 20% Petite Sirah
(PS) and 1% Carignane; released December 2016. (Group
Score: 16.5, 2/1/1; My Score: 17 [90/100], fifth place)" (CGV)
The 2015 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage presents enticing aromatics 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 acidy paired with excellent structure.