2011 Dry Creek Vineyard "Heritage Vines" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1152879 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This is a big, powerful yet well-mannered Zinfandel, blended with 16% Petite Sirah. The Zinfandel vines average 30 years of age, and it's classically Dry Creek, with an exotic spiciness and briary, brambly notes of blackberry, raspberry and Dr. Pepper. The tannin-acid balance is just about perfect.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel Heritage Vines is another delicious blend of 84% Zinfandel and 16% Petite Sirah with surprising ripeness and richness. This front end-loaded Zin is very much in keeping with the better 2011s. It offers a burst of spice and briery fruit in its cleanly made, impressive personality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. (RP)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Zesty and easygoing, with crisp cherry, herb and roasted spice flavors. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2014)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2014 | Send Email
Take note Zin lovers! For those of you who lust for the gracious, bountiful blue and blackberry-scented fruit, soothing warmth and pepper-inflected spice inherent in the best Sonoma County Zinfandels, take comfort in this luscious 2011 bottling. Crafted from 100 year old heritage Zinfandel cuttings grafted onto younger rootstock, this wine is an enthralling contrast between the venerable and the new, expressing its oracular old vine voice through new and vibrant pathways. A sinuous, savory blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, pitched with pepper and mineral undertones that will remind you why Dry Creek Valley is still the beautiful beating heart of Zinfandel country.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2014 | Send Email
This is a supple style of Zinfandel showing lively aromas of red berries, spice and earth. The middle is fresh and juicy with intense dark currant and sweet cherry fruit and no sense of heaviness weighing it down. Only very old vines from the Dry Creek Valley can give a finish this long, clean and dry. This charming and palate cleansing bottle is not for those looking for a heavy, jammy fruit bomb.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5