Grist Vineyard Zinfandel
Aromas of intense pepper and spice with mouth-wateringly tart blackberry and plum. The palate is well-balanced with good (but not overwhelming) acid and tannin with a long satisfying finish of berries and fruit.
After our 2008 Zinfandel success, we figured why mess with success? Our 2009 Zinfandel, therefore, has the same grape from the same vineyard as our 2008. A safe decision, no doubt, and Dry Creek Valley rarely produces poor fruit. 2009 was no exception, although the growing season was not as good as 2008. The good news is that our 2009 is unmistakably Zinfandel, is slightly less intense than our 2008 Zinfandel. We call her our quiet kid. A good kid, but she does not make a lot of noise. Like many quiet kids, she will surprise you. Priced at an excellent value, she will warm you on those cold autumn nights by the fire.
ABOUT THIS WINE
Our 2009 Zinfandel has aromas of intense pepper and spice with mouthwateringly tart blackberry and plum. The palate is well-balanced, with good (but not overwhelming) acid and tannin, with a long, satisfying finish of berries and fruit.
This Zinfandel was produced with grapes from the Grist Vineyard, located 1200 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor on the top of Bradford Mountain. Grist Vineyard is so-named because it was the site of an old grist mill. The vineyard is well above the fog line produced by the Pacific Ocean, and was originally farmed by Italian immigrant farmers in the late 1800s. The vines are grown in bright red, free draining iron rich volcanic soils (essentially decomposing volcanic rock), which stress the vines into low yields and concentrated juice. The mountain atmosphere mixes with the coastal air of the region for an exceptionally long growing season, resulting in bold flavors and complex tannins. Grist Vineyard‘s vines are between 8 and 37 years old. Owned by Hambrecht Vineyards, Grist Vineyard is a certified organic vineyard.
The Dry Creek Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area) is in Northern Sonoma County, California, to the west of the Russian River. The valley is generally warm but contains many microclimates, and parts of the AVA are close enough to the coast for the Pacific Ocean to influence the wines. Dry Creek Valley is in the middle of other well-known AVAs including the Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. The southern part of the region, near the Russian River, is quite foggy and therefore cooler, making it better suited to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Further north, where it is warmer, is where the “big red” grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah are grown. The climate in Dry Creek Valley particularly suits Zinfandel, which is produced in many different styles depending on where it was planted. The soil is porous and sandy in many areas. The term 'Dry Creek conglomerate' describes the free-draining, gravelly soils found in the mountain lowlands: in vineyards of this area, some of the highest-quality grapes are grown.