2015 Dry Creek Vineyard "Heritage Vines" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1286992 92 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Zesty and expressive, with jammy black raspberry and licorice aromas and supple, layered blackberry, toasty dill and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2026. (TF)  (6/2017)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* From its well-defined aromas of blackberries and spice to its moderately deep, very like-minded flavors, this year's Heritage Vines bottling toes the varietal line with fine precision, and, if roughed up a bit by late-arriving tannins thanks to its percentage of Petite Sirah, it never wavers in its presentation of focused Zinfandel fruit. It is not so tough as to make for difficult drinking with heartier dishes in the short term, but it will repay keeping and will not reach its best for another three or four years.  (5/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Zinfandel Heritage Vines has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and youthful nose of bramble berries and ripe plums, plus hints of licorice and red roses. Full bodied with plenty of vitality and mouth-filling berry flavors, it has a soft texture and lively finish. (LPB)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignane. Rich flavors of raspberry, cherry, black pepper, and boysenberry are balanced by silky tannins and a burst of acidity on the finish. A perfect pairing with smoky BBQ!

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2017 | Send Email
This is a fantastic deal if you're in the market for an everyday Zinfandel. This wine is made from both old and young Zinfandel vines, 20-100+ years old, along with 20% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignane to lend some complexity and depth. There is a big, aromatic nose of dark fruits and rich chocolate while the palate is balanced with fruit and vibrant acidity. One of my favorites under 20 bucks.

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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5