Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
This vintage presents alluring aromatics of blackberry, boysenberry and fresh raspberry with notes of cocoa powder, cardamom, toasty cedar and nutmeg. On the palate, brambly layers of black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry come forward with nuances of coriander, marzipan and espresso. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by a long, lingering finish. The tannins are structured, but soft, and lend a round, rich mouthfeel. Blend: 78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane COMMENTARY: The 2019 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel delivers well on the palate as it stays true to the grape variety. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of raspberry and bramble berries. Enjoy it with grilled lamb shanks. (Tasted: October 17, 2021, San Francisco, CA) The 2019 Zinfandel Old Vine is also terrific, with a rounded, medium-bodied, seamless texture to go with lots of plum and darker strawberry fruits, supple yet present tannins, a great mid-palate, and notes of spice, licorice, and damp earth. It will drink nicely for 4-6 years, if not longer. With 19% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignan, this old-vine red shows a wealth of baked fruit, brick, oak and leather characteristics. Round and rich, it delivers balance and underlying elegance, with soft, supple tannins and touches of black tea and backing spice. The vines average more than 100 years in age.