Rediscovering Zinfandel 

Zinfandel is America's grape, but for some time now, big, bold, high-alcohol Zins with jammy fruit have dominated the landscape. I remember a time when that was not the case. Perhaps the folks at Quivera put it best when they wrote this about the variety's potential: "When grown in the right location and handled with care, it is as elegant and nuanced as any noble grape." That more subtle style is making a comeback, as these three wines prove.

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel, $21

Founded in 1972, this California Zinfandel pioneer was the first post-prohibition winery in the Dry Creek Valley. It's blended with Petite Sirah (20 percent), and you get a whiff of black pepper coloring the dried cherry and ripe-berry aromas. The palate is a mix of blackberry liqueur and dark chocolate with silky tannins on the finish. It's a classic California Zin.

2015 Edmeades Zinfandel, $16.99

Edmeades has sourced grapes from the coastal range of Mendocino County since the '70s. As with the Dry Creek, petite Sirah plays a significant role in this wine with its spicy, floral aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry and currant. Soft tannins add grip to this well-balanced, fruit-forward red, marked by lush berry and plum, with a hint of cola.

2015 Quivira Zinfandel, $21

This other Dry Creek Valley entry offers bright blueberry, dark cherry and plum aromas, with touches of herb and vanilla. You get a bit of spice on the concentrated palate with silky smooth, dark-berry fruit, balanced by just the right hit of acidity on the long finish. It's an elegant charmer that goes down easy—keep it in mind for summer barbecues.

Pin It
Favorite

Latest in Winesipper

Comments


Comments are closed.

More by David Kirkpatrick

© 2019 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation