This wonderful Zinfandel comes to us from one of Dry Creeks pioneers. These guys were LEED long before it even existed, their gravity-fed winery ahead of its time. The resulting wines are deftly crafted with what I would call a "pretty richness" or "boutique" style that values balance, harmony, and complexity over extract and power. 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 $11+/bottle when purchased by the case.
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 ageing potential to boot.
July 2nd Update - OG N.61 – bit of reductive funk (very light here with a sort of mushroom/woodyness) when you first open this wine right now so definitely decant this for an hour or so to get that to blow off…it will resolve itself naturally over the next month or so as the closure slowly lets in O2. Once the reductiveness blows off (a couple minutes swirling in the glass will do it too), the wine we all know is there, pretty with lavender, raspberry, blackberry pie and black pepper…just takes a couple minutes to get there.
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 14.5% alc Bottled October 5th, 2020 300 cases available