2014 Black Boar Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley
The 2014 Black Boar is a wonderfully worthy follow up to the debut offering of Quivira’s flagship Zinfandel. Black Boar represents the most heightened expression of the collaboration between winemaker, Hugh Chappelle, and viticulturist, Ned Horton. Ned approaches each vine as its own microclimate and Hugh excels at the art of blending, which provides the most complexity with lowest manipulation. Anchored in two of the best sites for Zinfandel in all of the Dry Creek Valley, Black Boar is truly made in the vineyard. Fruit harvested from the oldest vines on Quivira’s home vineyard (35 years), Wine Creek Ranch, is the principle building block. It is complemented by select lots from the Anderson Ranch estate on the venerable Lytton Springs corridor. A bolder, richer stylistic expression of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, this wine emphasizes ripe fruit, concentration, and a rich, lush mouthfeel.
Black Boar reflects Quivira’s deliberate alignment of precision farming and thoughtful winemaking. Ned’s meticulous vine-by-vine farming technique achieves ideal balance in the fruit and the highest possible varietal expression and Hugh uses more than two dozen blending lots to make the wine. In the cellar, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Wine Creek Ranch are co-fermented. This Old World method nurtures a layered Zinfandel that is balanced by Petite Sirah’s deeper color and firmer tannins. Black Boar’s oak regimen utilizes four year air-dried American oak and the finest tight-grain French oak, both only medium-toasted. This ensures that there is no barrel imprint on Black Boar that would muddle the sense of place and purity in aroma and flavor.
The 2014 Black Boar entices with incredible richness and concentration, yet also balance. Full flavors of dark cherry and blackberry preserves take center stage on the palate, but the roundness of the flavors and the texture keeps the wine elegant. The entry is smooth and clean, leading to a velvety mid-palate. An intriguing, complex spiciness complements the fresh upfront fruit with notes of allspice, clove, and cinnamon providing a pleasant counterpoint. A very subtle accent of vanilla and cedar rounds off the multi-layered aroma and flavor profile.
Made with Organically Grown Grapes
Composition: 82% Zinfandel & 18% Petite Sirah
Alc 14.8 | pH 3.43 | TA .67