2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
California: Dry Creek Valley
The Miro Touch
Today’s VC Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel was crafted by our good friend - and incredibly talented winemaker - Miro Tcholakov.
Today’s wine is a beautifully elegant Zin, with a lovely balance between juicy fruit flavors and subtle structure and tannin. This wine won a Gold Medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and it’s easy to see why.
We paired this classy wine with an equally classy dish of Morroccan chicken, prepared in a tagine with green olives and Meyer lemon. Cheers!
A very deep and robust dark cherry red, reminiscent of a fully ripened black cherry.
A Zin lover’s dream on the nose, with deep notes of juicy red fruit, earth, and spice. Red raspberry and mulberry mingle with notes of sweet tobacco leaf, dry summer briar patch, toasty dark baking spices, and a slight kick of black peppercorn.
Very similar to the nose, with added flavors of blackberry, violet, European cherry licorice, sandalwood, and dried black cherry.
A very elegant and refined Zinfandel, with just enough structure and tannin to provide a perfect balance to the juicy fruit flavors.
Moroccan Chicken, prepared with green olives and Meyer lemon.
What the Winery Says
Wine Enthusiast Review Lots of Zinny character in this wine, with very ripe blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavors that taste briary and spicy. It’s a robust wine that can’t quite overcome a certain rusticity, and doesn’t try to. A great Zinfandel to drink with barbecue, or a mid-winter oven roast.
- Miro Tcholakov
- Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
- Dry Creek Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- Case Production
- 210 Cases
About the Winery
When Victor and Cindy Trentadue launched VC Cellars, they let their 30+ years of vineyard management expertise guide their decision to focus on three varietal standouts: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon and limited their planting to just 12 acres on a gently sloping, southwest facing hillside in upper Dry Creek Valley.
The results have been more than mouthwatering — the first releases from 2005 and 2006 vintages brought home nearly a dozen awards from top wine competitions.
Winemaker Miro Tcholakov
Miro Tcholakov is our Vice President and Director of Winemaking Operations, overseeing all aspects of winemaking. Chiefly responsible for reinvigorating the Trentadue brand when he came aboard in 1999, Miro has worked tirelessly to take our wines to a new level of quality and prestige.
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, he was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. At his grandfather’s side, he learned how to make wine in the tradition of the generations that came before him.
“Making wine has been a lifelong dream of mine. After completing my studies in 1990 at the higher Institute of Agriculture in Bulgaria in Agronomy/Viticulture, I traveled to California on an Exchange program in wine business. I continued my education by attending Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis, focusing on specific courses in Winemaking and management. My internship started at Dry Creek Vineyards in the summer of 1990 and in nine years of employment, I transitioned through the ranks of Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker. It was during this time that I fell in love with two distinctively California varietals; Zinfandel and especially Petite Sirah.”
“I decided to move on and start my career as a head winemaker, accepting an offer from Trentadue Winery in 1999 to take over their winemaking operation. That new opportunity added to my excitement about Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, which have been two long standing staple varietals at Trentadue.”