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 growing wine grapes, and making fine wines.
We are proud and passionate 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, and that is 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.
We are excited to open the doors and welcome you to our new wine tasting room on the Plaza in Healdsburg. Come visit with us, taste our wines and savor the flavors of our Dry Creek Zinfandel, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey Pinot Noir or Mendocino Port.