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, with annual production around 4,000 cases. 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 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. Today, we have expanded our portfolio to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Port and Chocolate Bliss. Growing quality grapes is the primary focus in developing great wines, so each of our wines are hand harvest and hand crafted by our artisan wine maker, 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. The vineyard, located in the Northeastern part of the Russian River appellation, where the climate is warmer, produces some of the best Syrah and Petite Sirah in the area.
Our 2005 Russian River Estate Bottled Syrah is a “Best of Class-Gold Medal Winner” and our 2004 Dry Creek “Finlay’s Vineyard” Cabernet is a Multiple Gold and Silver Medal Winner. Our 2006 Russian River “Catie’s Corner” Viognier and 2006 Russian River Estate Bottled Petite Sirah are Double Gold Medal Winners. Zinfandels produced by Christopher Creek are consistently “Best of Class”, “Best of Show”, Gold and Silver Medal Winners. Our Petite Sirahs are legendary winners with over 45 Medals and “Best of Class-Gold Medals” during the past ten years.