2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Grist Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley
Today’s Ousterhout Wines 2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is one wine that we had tremendously high hopes for. And, boy, this wine was more delicious than we ever could have hoped for!
Crafted in a very elegant Old-World style, today’s wine gives equal footing to fruit, earth, and spice. The resulting wine is all the better for it, with refined layers of flavor working in perfect unison, rather than being crowded out by any one area.
Zinfandels this well rounded, and not to mention this delicious, don’t come around too often. We strongly recommend that you stock up on today’s wallet - and palate - friendly Dry Creek Valley Zin!
Dark crimson, with subtle flecks of magenta throughout the glass, transitioning to a softer ruby fringe.
Lush and aromatic on the nose, with plenty of dark fruit notes of black cherry and sweet plum laid overtop hints of dark baking spices, fresh forest floor, and dried herbal undertones.
Subtle and elegant black fruit notes of black currant and black cherry are given equal footing to more earthy notes of fresh berry bramble, fallen leaves, sweet tobacco leaf, black peppercorn, and clove.
Soft and supple on the finish, with well integrated, velvety tannins. Very Old-World in style, this wine has a lovely bite of acidity at the finale.
Grilled skewers of beef, sweet onion, and red pepper, finished with a drizzle of teriyaki.
What the Winery Says
Nestled atop a ridge west of Dry Creek Valley lies Bradford Mountain’s Grist Vineyard. Owned by wine industry veteran Bill Hambrecht, the Grist Vineyard is a bit different than its Dry Creek brethren. Elevation, proximity to the coast and soil composition make for a unique site and wine that shows great complexity and depth while retaining high acidity. Decomposing volcanic rock, a touch of clay and iron give Bradford Mountain’s Grist Vineyard a lovely, fertile red soil. Cool afternoon breezes from the Pacific Ocean calm the afternoon temperatures on Bradford Mountain, keeping it cooler than the lower Dry Creek Valley. This is an important component in maintaining acidity in the grapes. Grist Vineyard is planted to multiple grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, but the old-vine, head-trained Zinfandel is the star.
This wine shows bright clarity with medium intensity in appearance and a dark ruby core of color. The developing nose show medium plus intensity with aromas of blackberries, black cherries, fresh plums and dark fruits. Additional notes of earth, warm spice and cigar box show complexity. The palate shows medium plus flavor intensity, acidity, body and length. Bright notes of black cherry and warm spice dominate the palate with a soft, plush texture.
- Micah Wirth
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Grist Vineyard, Bradford Mountain
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- Case Production
- 475 cases
About the Winery
When we say Ousterhout wines are handcrafted, we mean it. Our commitment to producing handcrafted wines by winemaker Micah Wirth delivers sensational standout vintages. Since quality is our primary guide, there’s no pressure to take shortcuts. We don’t rush the grapes or harvest process to meet our schedule.
As part of our handcrafted approach, we make sure we always do what’s best for the grapes, even if it means we’re in the fields before dawn and well past dusk. We keep our grapes cool once they are off the vine to help retain their unique characteristic’s that make for the most flavorful wines.
Our handcrafting style also means there’s minimal interference from fermentation to bottling. We don’t pump, filter, or use other processes that would compromise the integrity or quality of the wine. Through each step we let the wine tell us when it’s ready for the next step- ready to go into the barrel, ready to come out of the barrel, ready to be bottled, and ready to be released. We pay careful attention to each precise step in order to produce unique and exceptional wines.