Christopher Creek Winery
2011 Pamela's Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Finlay's Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley
Tears of Heaven
Oh, goodness! Today’s Christopher Creek Winery 2011 Pamela’s Zinfandel sets our souls alight. As you swirl this wine, it reveals added aromas and flavors. Each sip of this wine is better than the last.
Before you even lift this wine to your nose, aromas waft from the glass. As you draw the wine in for a proper sniff, the lush and complex aromas nearly bowl you over. On the palate, flavors are bold and ultra-concentrated. The wine bursts with rich flavors of fruit and soft spice. The finish, which is seemingly endless, is punctuated by a hint of white pepper and a lovely, drying, flinty minerality.
If you love great Zinfandel, please accept this delicious wonder of a wine with our boldest recommendation.
Deep, foreboding ruby at the core, transitioning into a beautiful, slight magenta at the rim.
Big and wonderfully aromatic, the aromas reach your nose even before you raise your glass. Leads with a wealth of black fruit, highlighted by sweet cherry, plum, and black currant; these notes are underscored by sweet tobacco, vanilla, and a slight black pepper spice.
Rich, concentrated, and super dense, this is a bold yet very refined wine on the palate. Deep flavors of blackberry, Mission fig, smoky cherry, and braised plum are balanced against sweet cherry tobacco, cedar wood, European licorice, and clove.
Super satisfying and long lasting, with the dark fruit and sweet tobacco only grudgingly fading away. With a slight, gradual drying at the edges of the palate, this wine leaves you with just a hint of white pepper and a slight minerality at the very end.
A teriyaki lime glazed pork tenderloin would be a perfect match for this robust Zin. Be sure to save a few bottles for your summer barbecues.
What the Winery Says
A delightful wine with rich strawberry and raspberry fruit, Pamela’s Zinfandel was produced from grapes grown on our newly planted vineyard at our home on the bench land in Dry Creek Valley. The Wine Creek Clone produces fruit that is strawberry-raspberry in character with hints of pepper, vanilla, and clove, with a juicy mouth feel and a finish that lingers. The grapes were fermented in small open tanks with two punch downs daily and then aged in American Oak barrels (30%) new oak. Enjoy with BBQ delights, duck, chicken, risotto, pasta, or simply a large pizza.
- Mike Brunson
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Vineyard Designation
- Finlay’s Vineyard
- Aged in American oak (30% new)
About the Winery
Christopher Creek Winery is a small, family owned winery with a long history of producing award winning, estate bottled, and hand crafted wines. Located in Healdsburg, California on 11 rolling acres in the famous Russian River Valley AVA, with another 27 acres planted high on Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek Valley AVA. Our first grape vines were planted in 1972, with the winery opening up shortly thereafter in 1974. Those first vines are still producing exceptional wines, and can be enjoyed daily as our Reserve Petite Syrah and Reserve Syrah.
Christopher Creek has earned hundreds of awards for its wines since 1974 with the legendary success of our Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc leading the way. Growing quality grapes is the primary focus in developing great wines, so each of our wines are hand harvested and hand crafted by our artisan winemaker, Mike Brunson, to ensure quality. With the growing interest in the Rhone style wines, Christopher Creek offers the opportunity to taste wines produced from old vines.
Winemaker Mike Brunson
A third generation Sonoma County resident, Brunson brings over 20 years vineyard and winery experience to the position. Prior to joining Christopher Creek, Brunson was the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Michel-Schlumberger for 16 years producing award winning wines from Pinot Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz and the school of hard knocks, Brunson brings passion, experience and a workingman’s knowledge to the position.