2013 Dry Creek Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley
750 ml - $24.00
about this wine
This signature offering is unmistakably Zinfandel yet displays a vibrancy and finesse that is a hallmark of Quivira’s intentional winegrowing. The combination of spice and bright, red fruit in Zinfandel is unique Dry Creek’s terroir. The smaller berries of the 2013 harvest yielded a wine of impressive color, density and concentration. Quivira’s classic Claretstyle has stayed true since the winery’s inception 35 years ago.
at the winery
Co-fermentation is a traditional Old World method where different grape varieties are fermented together, and not blended later in the process, as is more commonplace. It allows for different varieties to play off one another in greater harmony but also presents its own set of risks and challenges to manage. Quivira’s winegrowing team has identified estate blocks of Petite Sirah and Carignan that have higher acids and naturally balanced to co-ferment with the Zinfandel. Co-fermentation yields a more structured Zinfandel that is complimented by these varieties’ deeper color and firmer tannins. To finish the blend, Winemaker Hugh Chappelle then uses other traditionally fermented lots to bring a soft balance to the wine.
in the glass
Dark, yet fresh, brambly fruit dominate the nose with upfront notes of blackberry, raspberry, plum and dark cherry. Forward berry-driven fruit is accented by classic Dry Creek Valley baking spice and more subtle dried fruit notes. Palate and texture are rich and full with a dense, flavorful mid-palate. Flavors linger pleasantly in a long, persistent finish. From vegetarian to grilled meats, from classic Mediterranean to spicy ethnic, this wine will surely surprise those who have Zinfandel pigeonholed with only certain kinds of foods.
94% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignan
pH 3.55 | TA 0.61 | Alc. 14.5%