2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Heritage Vines

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$13.95
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"A lively, zesty Zin, with raspberry and fresh sage aromas and appealing cherry, pepper and mineral flavors that finish with ripe and briary tannins. Drink now through 2017. 13,495 cases made." (WS)

"Once again, the Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel rates at the top of the value-scale. In this version, the wine is lighter and more pert than almost of its varietal peers, and that makes for zesty, straightforward aromas and for a medium-weighted wine on the palate. It demands little or no aging and may not be the choice of those who search for power and potential. It will, however, satisfy the rest of us. "GOOD VALUE" Reviewed: May 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes
The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip.

HISTORY:
This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters.

GROWING SEASON:
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains, a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS:
The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip.