2014 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1245873 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Zinfandel Dry Creek has briary fruit, not quite the density of the 2013s, but beautiful berry fruit, especially raspberries and black cherries, medium to full body, and again, stunning purity. I think this is the first time I’ve had a good look at these wines, and I’m impressed. Drink this one over the next 5-6 years. It is likely to be shorter-lived than the 2013s.  (3/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year-old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2014 Saini hits your nose with raspberry jam, fresh picked blackberries, and bright floral notes. The palate has lush, dark fruit with a nice cut of acidity. 2014 is yet another stellar year for Dry Creek Zin!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
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The three new Zinfandel releases (this one, plus the 2013 old vine, Dry Creek Valley Estate productions of Apple and Pear Blocks) from Saini are incredible, classic Zinfandels from that area and may be the best Zins on the market. Produced mostly from old vine estate vineyards, this 2014 is deeply colored and offers intense, high profile aromas of blackberry to currant-like to red cherry notes, with distinctive tones of anise and white pepper spiciness. All of these characteristics carry over perfectly in its rich, creamy set of flavors. Round, full, concentrated, this Gem drinks great now and will age easily for another six to ten years - but why! Drink it near-term. Rusty has ordered me to bring home several cases of this amazing Zin Gem! GREAT VALUE! ***** 14.9% AB V *****
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
I love the first week of baseball season. Whether you are in the freezing cold and snow or in the spring sunshine, there is a sense of hope and dreams flow free and easy. Maybe your team won’t be terrible again this year, maybe you’ll surprise everyone and be a buyer at the trade deadline, and maybe you’ll have a great, fun run towards the playoffs; maybe one of those trades will finally pay off? Regardless, the weather is just about to turn, if it hasn’t already (it’s about 80 degrees as I write this in SF today) and we’ll get to the games more, listen to the radio on the porch more and there will be plenty of times to BBQ.
These Saini Zins are like getting the next MVP in a trade for an out-of-his-prime, over-paid player, a shocking and wholly welcome find. Their estate vineyard is surrounded by much more well-known vineyards like Nalle, Ridge-East Bench, Mauritson and Mazzocco. While they’ve been growers for four generations, not only did they grow grapes—as you’ll see by their block names, their brand is relatively new, beginning with the 2008 vintage—but their vineyard is around 90 years old. The 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zin is a steal. Previous vintages of this wine have been some of the most under-the-radar finds of the last couple of years and the 2014 is the breakout vintage. Perfect balance, powerful but agile, with a number of years left on its contract, this is what everyone wants on their team: a perennial plugger that makes an adjustment and hits the next strata of performance. Bright, juicy, darkly fruited and full of perfectly ripe exuberant Zin fruit, this is an everyday Zin that you want to build a team around.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Simply delicious. Bright, great fruit, snappy but not imbalanced. Not too jammy or forward...with a rich, long finish. A great bottle for a hot summer sipping Zinfandel! 14.9% ABV.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Indeed, this is a magnanimous display of Dry Creek Zinfandel and the 2014 vintage, in sum. It's hot and hedonistic. There are few wines in the store that really capture the exuberance and vigor of 2014 like this one does. Showing notes of blackberry pie, ripe red raspberry, fig preserve and boysenberry. It winds down with immaculately integrated tannin on the finish that lingers for at least 30 seconds. Drink now through 2021.

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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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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.