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’05 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel

If you asked a complete wine layperson to build a U.S. winery brand image, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t look too different from Dry Creek Vineyard. 
Unquestionably one of my favorite wineries and one of the best tasting room experiences I’ve had, Dry Creek just seems to get everything right—the back story, the beautifully bucolic setting and the customer-facing packaging, with a refined elegance.  The wine is pretty good, too and mostly at accessible price points—a fact that shouldn’t be neglected when you consider that at the ripe age of 35 years old, many other wineries started in that time period have long gone up-market to cash in on cachet. 

If you have 3 minutes, download and view their slide presentation (found here) which takes you through the early days of the winery and through the seasons into harvest.  It’s a nice powerpoint presentation and a nice touch—something you don’t always see from winery marketing folks.

The ’05 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel is a quality wine at price point—under $15, depending on where you buy it.  It’s well made and demonstrates a restraint not often seen from wineries whose calling card is Zinfandel.  I’d like to see it with a touch more acidity to help it cross the chasm to being a food wine, particularly because it’s not made in the fruit overload Zin style, but, overall, your ducats will be well spent. 
My review and tasting notes can be found here



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On 08/29, Dr. Debs wrote:

Could not agree with you more on this recommendation. I like their zin for some of the same reasons you did—it was not so over-the-top, and as a result it had some of the more peppery and brambly flavors I personally look for in a zin. Thanks for the review!


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