2012 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1195981 Jancis Robinson

 Exceptional freshness on this nose. Real energy! So unlike the typical Zin. Mid to pale crimson. Juicy but serious. There's slightly baked tarry element but no heaviness whatsoever. Excellent length and completeness. Some sweetness but only in the way that fully ripe fruit is sweet; no berry jammy character. It is definitely Zin but not as we know it. I really can't think of another Zin like this. Ridge Lytton Springs, made nearby, runs it close but this is more high toned. And bone dry. My only concern would be whether it is worth ageing this charming wine. (JR)  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

"The Doctor is in?" We say: "the Doctor is Zin." Recommended dosage is AT LEAST one glass per meal. Or, between meals. Or, whenever you feel like it. 29 years of tinkering with this tincture has yielded a traditional medicinal Zinfandel. Japanese plum, blueberry, black raspberry, bramble, and sweet baseball glove leather on the nose. Juicy cranberry, ruby red grapefruit, and minerality on the palate. Delicious Nalle Zin with vibrant acidity may not solve ALL of your problems, but neither will water or milk. This two-vineyard blend is 50% Henderlong Nalle Estate and 50% Bernier-Sibary, composed of 82% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane. Pinkies up!" Clever Nalle!

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2015 | Send Email
The flagship, old vine Nalle Dry Creek Zin also has a bit of Petite Syrah and Carignane blended in. Delicious berries, balance, this is so drinkable and ageworthy as well for those enlightened few who prefer to stash some Zinfandel away in their cellars.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2015 | Send Email
This is the kind of wine that I want to bring to France to share with my winemaker friends there... Real California soul wine! Yes, it is sunny in California and yes, our wines should be rich and fruity. But that doesn't mean that our wines have to be heavy or hot! This nuanced, balanced Dry Creek Zin has great poise and elegance without loosing its wild berry fruit. Tasting Zin this good made me proud to be a Californian!
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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.


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Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5