Stephen & Walker
2011 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
California: Dry Creek Valley
The Queen of Zinfandel
Today’s 2011 Stephen & Walker Trust Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a delightfully rich and delicious wine. We are pleased to offer you this wine with our hearty recommendation.
This wonderful Zinfandel is a big, delicious treat that is loaded with layers of flavor. On the palate, the wine is smooth and elegant. Heady, lush aromas leap from the glass to greet your nose with the most natural and inviting bouquet of fruit, spice and woodsy notes.
If you are a fan of great Zinfandel, you know that the Dry Creek Valley is one of the finest Zin-producing AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in California. Or, is that the World? Today’s wine is a shining example of just how excellent Zin from this region can be.
Dark and rich, with deep garnet hues at the core and purple at the edges.
Pretty raspberry and strawberry jump from the glass. These are quickly followed by blackberry, black cherry, bramble and sweet plum. At the tail end, subtle clove and black pepper round out the nose.
On the palate, sweet blackberry compote, dark strawberry, dark chocolate, espresso bean and sweet spice lead the way. As the wine opens up, it unpacks subtle spice and cocoa dust.
Silky, long and very delightful with a finish that begins with sweet fruit and finishes with dusty chocolate, dusty rose and mild dry tobacco.
While this wine is very elegant, we can’t help but recommend that you enjoy it with your favorite BBQ dishes. We’ll enjoy ours with perfectly-cooked pork tenderloin with a Kansas City BBQ sauce.
What the Winery Says
WOW!! WHAT CAN I SAY - REALLY? This wine is made from 2 OLD-VINE (45 year old), Head-pruned vineyards on the floor of Dry Creek Valley. Hidden away on the flats in an older area of West Matheson, these vines were overgrown by grasses and weeds. I rescued them and am truly impressed with the qualiity!! The wine is very concentrated white pepper and stargazer lilly fragrances - very similar to the very expensive Rhone Wines made at Guigal!!! Dense fruit flavors complemented by toasty oak, vanilla cream, and jammy-blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Grapes were crushed into 1-ton open topped tanks and punched down by hand before pressing and filling barrels. The wine was aged in small French and American oak barrels for 15 months prior to bottling.
- Nancy Walker
- Best of Class and Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- 10 months in French oak
About the Winery
We are a small, artisanal family owned winery located in the heart of the California wine country in Healdsburg, California. We have spent most of our lives in the vineyards and wineries of California, so it was a natural progression to start our own winery in 2004. Our three partners: Nancy Walker, Tony Stephen and Irv Bush collectively have half a century of experience growing wine grapes and making fine wines.
We are proud to bring you wines made from the remarkable vineyards we tend with our growers in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Monterey Counties. Every bottle of wine we produce has our commitment and unique perspective: to bring you the true flavors realized from the terroir. Based on our experience, we believe each wine is a specific, individual expression of the fruit from our vineyards and the craft of our winemaker.
Winemaker Nancy Walker
Nancy Walker has had the luxury of working as a winemaker in California for the past 22 years. Based in Mendocino County, Nancy has traveled throughout the region visiting growers. Through her travels, she has developed an appreciation for the regional and local differences that each unique vineyard produces. With this she is able to tend to our vineyards with our small growers throughout the state and to produce wines of concentration and distinction.
Nancy is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, renowned for winemaking education. Her winemaking career began in 1984, as a cellar worker at McDowell Valley Vineyards. From there, she honed her skills at many local wineries starting with Geyser Peak as Wine Chemist and QC Technician. From there it was on to Dunnewood, where she was the Assistant Winemaker for 5 years before moving on to Assistant Winemaker at Clos du Bois. Nancy was then responsible for the set up and operation of the small family winery at Brutocao Cellars.
Nancy was searching for diverse production and vineyard opportunities, and so accepted a position at Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland. She then moved on to Winery Exchange, an international beverage company, where she was responsible for the winemaking portfolio of Washington, Oregon and California. Nancy is currently Director of Winemaking for the Vintage Wine Estates and runs the Grove Street Winery in Healdsburg, CA where she is responsible for producing 150,000 cases per year of wines from Sonoma, Napa and North Coast Appellations.
Nancy also manages her own wine consulting business where she advises small, micro-lot wine brands of ultra-premium wines.
Winemaker Tony Stephen
Tony grew up in southern California but moved north to attend U.C. Davis, where he earned his B.S. degree in Viticulture in 1983. He has held positions as assistant vineyard manager for Carment Vineyards and managed Brutocao Vineyards, a 600 acre vineyard operation in Mendocino County. Tony then pioneered the development and execution of the first ever California wine grape auctions while at Winery Exchange in Novato.