2009 Sbragia Family Vineyards Zinfandel Gino's Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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"A classically styled Dry Creek Zinfandel, with aromas of wild raspberry and underbrush that lead to rich but elegant flavors of black cherry, anise and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2017. 1,423 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Zinfandel Gino’s Vineyard is an exuberant wine long on character and personality. Dark red cherries, flowers, molasses, savory herbs and leather come together nicely in this flashy, but delicious wine. The Gino’s is a field blend that incorporates 10% Carignan and 5% Petite Sirah, all co-fermented, as was once the custom in the historic vineyards planted by California’s Italian heritage families. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. " (WA)

"A fantastic Zinfandel, Sbragia’s best in years, and one of the best of the vintage. Shows classic Dry Creek wild blueberry and briary blackberry flavors, with exotic spices, and the exuberance you want in a Zin. Yet it exhibits a rare control, making it elegant despite the power. Drink now for sheer joy." (WE)

Winery Notes:
In 1956, we moved to what is now "Gino's Vineyard", a five-acre parcel in the rocky hillsides on the eastern bench of the valley. The vineyard was planted to Zinfandel about 25 years ago and produces quintessential Dry Creek Zin with brown/ginger spices and juicy raspberry and cherry fruit.