1/17/2011

Quick Sip: 2008 Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel


Hello Friends,

Today’s “Quick Sip”, the 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel [95% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah], is the latest red wine release from Quivira Vineyards and Winery. Quivira Vineyards and Winery is located in the Dry Creek Valley and is a solar-powered producer that has been a Demeter-certified biodynamic and organic winery since 2005. The Dry Creek Valley is an AVA (American Viticultural Area) located in the northern part of Sonoma County, California and is well-suited for growing high-quality Zinfandel wine grapes. As a matter fact, the Zinfandel grape variety has thrived in the area since the late 19th century and was the most widely planted wine grape in California before prohibition. Today, Zinfandel ranks as one of California's top producers.
2008 Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel


In the glass, the Quivira 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel displays an attractive deep garnet color. The swirl and sniff reveals ripe red fruit, sweet plum, blackberry, and baking spice aromas with a dash of peppery spice on the back end. The palate is clean and fairly bright, with ripe, not jammy fruit, that’s balanced by good food-friendly acidity and moderately firm tannins on a rich and brisk medium length finish. I paired this wine with a freshly made vegetable pizza and the mozzarella softened the boyish tannins and the wine’s bright acidity made it a great food partner – overall, a very pleasing pairing. The Quivira 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel retails for $20, has a real cork enclosure, and clocks in at 14.8% ABV. Enjoy this wine now, perhaps with pizza (hint-hint), or hold on to it for a few years and see where it goes. The ripe fruit and acid-tannin balance makes it a cellar-worthy selection that will more than likely reward its owner down the road.

** Local Twist **  Zinfandel is not well suited to Virginia. The summers are too warm [hot] and humid and the occasional rain-fall during the growing season doesn’t help much either. That said, local producers like Burnley Vineyards in Barboursville, Virginia produce and bottle a Zinfandel wine, but the fruit comes from California. Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

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