2013 Dry Creek Vineyard "Old Vine" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1286984 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 From vines averaging 95 years old, this is an impressive effort, in balance between savory, sultry overtones of peppercorn and espresso and a riper, juicier core of blackberry. Supportive acidity provides a freshness to the wine, which offers plenty of length and breadth on the finish.  (7/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Optimally ripened, solidly fruited and hitting the varietal mark smartly, Dry Creek Vineyard's Old Vine bottling does a fine job of being both rich and lively at one and the same time. It is deep and well-filled without a whit of heaviness, and, while sufficiently open to afford lots of forthright appeal now, it has a very promising sense of reserve and the structure to get better with age. It is an honest, carefully crafted Zinfandel that is very sure of just what it is, and it deftly reminds that richness and range do not depend on a heavy hand.  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vine, which is one of the classics from Dry Creek, comes from vines averaging older than 95 years. Consistently one of the best-value old-vine cuvées in Zinfandel from California, the 2013 is another winner. A dark ruby/purple color, loads of berry fruit, pepper, meat, spice, roasted earth, herbs and soil notes are all present in this wine, which was first called old-vine Zinfandel in 1984. This is a beauty to drink over the next 5-6 years because there is no reason to defer gratification. One of the historic wineries, Dry Creek is among the pioneers in the movement for high-quality Zinfandels. I met the original owner, David Stare, before I even started the Wine Advocate in 1978, so that gives you an idea of how far back both of us go. (RP)  (3/2016)

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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.


- 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.
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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).