Dry Creek Vineyard’s ‘09 Old Vine Zinfandel is gnarly. And I mean that in the most complimentary, surfer-talk kinda way.
The wine, from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, is made with grapes from vines that average more than 90 years of age – some are more than 120 years old. Gnarly, dude!
This wine is very deep in color, the hue being enhanced by 14% Petite Sirah. The aroma is briary with spice, blackberry and a dash of pepper.
The body is rich and strong. Aging in French, American and Hungarian oak for 18 months adds to the unique character of this vino, which has an alcohol level of 14.5%. We recommend decanting at least 30 minutes to let some of the layers unwrap.
On the tongue this has a delightful earthiness with dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. The finish just keeps rolling on, like a crashing wave.
There were 2,096 cases produced with a retail price of about $30.
Rugged and rewarding, this is a perfect wine to savor with your feet up after a long day of outdoor adventure.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.