$35/bottle under the original label
This wonderful Zinfandel comes to us from one of Dry Creeks pioneers. The wines are deftly crafted with what I would call a "pretty richness" or "boutique" style that values balance, harmony, and complexity. Thankfully there are critics who appreciate what could be called a this "feminine" style. The 2017 version of this wine was scored 91pts. by another prominent publication who, in my opinion, is quite judicious with their scores. 2018 is certainly an as good, if not a better, vintage. Priced at the winery for $35/bottle, yours today for $16/bottle.
OG N.61 Dry Creek Zinfandel comes from 40+ year-old vines. Gorgeously perfumed with powdery purple blossom and lavender notes mingling with raspberry top notes and blackberry pie bass with hints of black pepper. Pretty cherry and smoky, meaty notes emerge with air and make it all the more sumptuous. Supple on entry, its exceptionally well-balanced with chewy acidity and perfectly attenuated grip, finishing pure and velvety with cherry and raspberry notes framed by vanilla oak. Goddamn this is beautiful stuff. I would call this a Pinot-lovers Zinfandel without hesitation but it has all the structure and stuffing for broad appeal and nice aging potential to boot.
18 months in 35% new oak, mix of French and American cooperage, tight grain, low toast.
98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah
Drink now through 2030