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Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Old Vine 750ML 2012
Sku: 44202
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Grape Varietal: Zinfandel
Type: Still wine
Reg. $37.39
Web Only Sale $27.59
Buy Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Old Vine
Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Zesty in black pepper and luscious in blackberry, blueberry and raspberry, the grapes are from 90-plus-year-old hillside vines. Complex and structured, it offers a balanced point of view and plenty of intrigue, simultaneously fresh and brooding.  (Dec 2014)

Wine Spectator 88 points - Firm and tightly wound, with ripe raspberry and spicy sage aromas. The cherry fruit flavors are framed by big briary tannins. May bloom in time. Drink now through 2022. 6,674 cases made.-TF  (Jun 15 2015)

Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Zinfandel Old Vine (over 90 years in age) includes 23% Petite Sirah. Always a winner, this full-throttle, full-bodied wine is dark plum in color, with spicy blackberry and raspberry notes intermingled with pepper and bouquet garni. The finish is long and heady. Anticipated maturity: now-2021. (Dec 2014)

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Wine maker notes
During harvest, our old vine Zinfandel lots always show a distinct aroma and flavor profile. Once bottled, the perfumed nuances and dried spicy qualities shine through.

The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery, which triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, he personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, he headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that overdeliver on quality. For more than 40 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has led to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter.

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