2009 Quivira Zinfandel

Year: 2009
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 90
California Grapevine: 89
Red Wine
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"Deep and well-structured, with smoky wild berry aromas and layered black cherry, cracked pepper and loamy earth flavors that are wrapped in ripe but firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017. 5,363 cases made." (WS)

"Inky purple. Powerful aromas of black and blue fruits and Indian spices, with accents of musky herbs and dried flowers. Ripe and velvety in texture, with palate-coating blackberry and boysenberry flavors and building spiciness. A weighty, distinctly rich wine but not especially fat, finishing with slight jamminess and a lingering note of anise." (IWC)

"7. 2009 Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Dry Creek Valley ($20) – Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, spicy, red cherry and red berry fruit aroma with a trace of vanilla; medium-full to full body; deep, briary, red berry fruit flavors that have firm acidity and oaky undertones; full tannin; a bit rough and harsh on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 14.8% alcohol; 5,363 cases; blended with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% PS, 3% Syrah, and 2% Grenache; released August 2011. (Group Score: 16.0, 1/0/1; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], seventh place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
While putting together the various components of this blend, a very complex and complete picture begins to emerge of Dry Creek Valley’s particular expression of Zinfandel. This is a compelling yet casual wine that offers plenty of briar and bramble berry notes accented by plum and black pepper.

Balancing the forward nature of Zinfandel with enough restraint for food pairing is always a challenge, though one that is also always met with this bottling. It pairs perfectly with grilled meats, pastas, and hearty stews.