New Wine Releases
100% Petite Sirah
Our first Petite Sirah since 2007 comes from 3/4-acre block located next to the Benchland Syrah grafted in 2011. This site is much better than when we were growing Petite Sirah on the winery parcel. As expected, our Petite Sirah is very dark and robust, yet it has incredible black and boysenberry fruit. It is much more polished than your average wine from this grape. The tannins should allow this wine to age easily for 10 years.
Only 96 cases produced
100% Barbera from 4 clones planted in 1998 and 2018. Barbera does exceptionally well here in Dry Creek Valley producing dark exotically fruity wines that have outstanding acidity. Our young vines include clone 84, which really brings depth to the wine. While this wine shows great now, it will drastically improve over the next 1 to 2 years.
550 cases produced
2019 Syrah comes from our Creekside Block, planted in 1998. This is the same clone as our Benchland Syrah, so it tends to show some of the “feral” (Jason’s favorite description) side of the variety. However, the Creekside Block is our coolest microclimate for Syrah on our 60 acres. As such, it always has bright fruit and spice, which is similar to Northern Rhône Syrah—particularly from my favorite appellation, Cornas.
The 2019 Syrah, like the preceding four vintages, delivered a wine that represents a Northern Rhone-style wine, which is rare for this appellation. Our Syrah was aged in French oak barrels, 35% new, for 14 months. We have consistently received high ratings from the Wine Spectator for this bottling since 2015, and it is easy to see why.
300 cases produced.
83% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah
Our 2019 Zinfandel is really a throw back to a more structured Dry Creek Zin. The growing season allowed for even ripening. Ever since we re-planted Petite Sirah next to our Benchland Syrah vineyard, it has really improved our Zin, which is readily apparent in this 2019. Similar to George's beloved 2017 Zin, this '19 will develop nicely over the next 3 to 5 years. Outstanding vintage for our Zin!
1,110 cases produced.
Watch our Zin Vertical Tasting video, and check out George's Zin Notes here!
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