The 2016 growing season was relatively favorable. We had a cool, wet winter and spring, a relatively normally hot summer, and a wonderfully warm indian summer for our harvest. We hand harvested our Dry Creek Valley fruit at night September 16, 2016. The sugar and acid levels were in balance at nearly perfect levels at harvest time due to the near ideal weather. For 2016 we purchased fruit from a notable hillside vineyard. The fruit arrived at the crush pad shortly after harvest while the grapes were still cool.
This medium bodied, well balanced wine exhibits the best qualities of a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. The balance between the fruit flavors, tannin and acid makes this vintage truly enjoyable. The first thing you notice is its color and jewel like clarity in your glass. The aromas are pure fruit with hints of spices and wood. Raspberries, black currants, blackberries, and black pepper are the initial flavors with some of us also tasting nuances of black cherry, figs, cedar and other spices. The finish is long and enjoyable. This is a typical Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, brilliant, bright fruit, elegant with smooth tannins.
Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley