This wine encapsulates all of the best qualities found in mountain grown Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley appellation. Poorer soils and colder nights harness and preserve more of the bright acidity and freshness in the grapes. More sunlight hours at the higher elevation means darker, richer fruit. Unlike benchland Zins, mountain Zins have a peppery quality and more black fruit character (think wild blackberry).
The seductive aromatics entice with deep spice-laced blackberry and cedary pepper along with hints of oak. A smooth, rich mouthfeel and spicy texture showcase the stylish fruit-driven flavors that linger into the finish. Black raspberry, blackberry and ripe plum caress the palate, while savory threads of black pepper and minerality add complexity and depth. Bright, mouthwatering acidity lends balance to this refreshing, luscious and elegant Zin.
The 2015 Zinfandel from the Estate Vineyard was such a balanced and delightfully complete wine, the addition of merely 4% Petite Sirah from the same vineyard was all that was needed to round out the structure.
Food Pairing Notes
Delicious to just sip on its own, this wine will also seamlessly pair with cocoa-rubbed baby back ribs, or black pepper beef.