Kelley Creek Winery
Zinfandel •Kelly Creek Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
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Mission Codename: Success breeds more success
Operative: Agent Zin
Objective: Find a wine that is not in general release and make it available to our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Kelly Creek Winery
Wine Subject: 2005 Kelly Creek Zinfandel
Winemakers: Scott Lindstrom-Dake
Winemaker, Scott Lindstrom-Dake, has been making great wine since 1995. His Thumbprint Cellars wines are among our very favorites and now he brings you Kelly Creek wines, grown on his family’s estate in Dry Creek Valley.
Of winemaking, Scott says, “I developed a palate for fine wine, but as a college student I couldn’t afford to buy it. My mom and step-dad have been growing premium wine grapes for years and the light bulb just kind of went on- I can make my own wine.”
So it began with Thumbprint. A few years later, Scott’s Kelly Creek wines exhibit all of the qualities we have come to expect from this masterful winemaker. If you love Thumbprint wines, you’ll love Kelly Creek. Just don’t expect them to be a carbon copy of Tumbprint, because, these new wines seem to have a unique character of there own.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep, dark, clear plum
Smell – complex fruit with an equally beautiful measure of cherry, plum and wild berries
Feel – Soft and smooth in the mouth with great tannins that do not overwhelm
Taste – Sweet and spicy, berry and plum with mild oak and medium tannins
Finish – Velvet smooth with long lasting, all over the mouth flavors with tannins that taper smoothly
Conclusion – This wine gets a massive Wine Spies recommendation! I personally give this wine extremely high marks. I usually loves to drink with friends, but not with this particular zinfandel. Some wines are too good to be shared! Be fast on this one before I decide to buy them all myself!
As a deep cover agent, I’m not often going public with my mission briefings. Usually, I do the more Top Secret work while Agents Red and White are off gallivanting around the globe. Today is going to be different because I am thrilled to report that I have uncovered an incredible new wine – and scooped my fellow agents by bringing it to you before the rest of the wine buying public finds out!
The Wine Spies have been big fans of winemaker Scott Lindstrom-Dake. His Thumbprint Cellars wines are world class, elegant, and downright tasty. Because I work hard to keep my network of assets working for me, I was able to learn of Scott’s new Kelly Creek wines long before they appeared on everyone elses radar. Keeping my ear to the vineyard floor allows me to maintain close connections with winemakers around the region. This attention pays off for the Wine Spies and for you, our loyal operatives.
The reward, in this case, is a wine that is available exclusively for you. Since we have successfully completed missions with Scott in the past, he was thrilled to make available to our operatives a small quantity of his new zinfandel. After you, our operatives, grab it all up, it may be some time before it is available again.
I sometimes have a problem with Zinfandels. So many are weak and thin on the palate, but this Zin is full-bodied – exhibiting all of the character, charm and handcrafted quality that Scott’s wines have become known for. Since I am very particular about the zinfandels I will drink, I have to tell you that this is one of the best I have tried in recent memory.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Kelly Creek Estate vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo
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About This Wine:
Kelly Creek is a small tributary that flows into Dry Creek and borders our Estate Vinyards. This unique Micro-climate allows wine grapes to mature evenly throughout a moderately warm growing season. This rich zinfandel has complex fruit and spice characteristic. Aromas of cherry, spicy plum and blackberry, flow graciously with subtle oak and soft tannins dripping into a velvety smooth finish. We invite you to pair this with grilled foods or your favorite bar-b-qued meals.
“The remarkable 2005 Vintage brought more grapes than my folks had expected. Long time Sonoma County grape growers, Barbara and Dick Schneider scurried to find a home for their ultra-premium wine grapes. Ultimately, they convinced me to help out right in the middle of the harvest. What has come of this venture is our new brand Kelley Creek Wines. Kelley Creek is a small tributary that flows through the Schneider’s property and into Dry Creek. Western Dry Creek Valley has amazing hillside and benchland vineyards, diverse micro-climates and rich personalities that have eveloped this slice of California like no other wine region in the world.”
Scott Lindstrom-Dake, Wine maker
Technical Wine Analysis:
Appellation: Dry Creek
Varietal Blend: 100% zinfandel