2012 Dry Creek Valley Poizin
California: Dry Creek Valley
Today’s Armida Winery 2012 Dry Creek Valley Poizin is a special wine in a crazy-cool package. This is Armida’s best-selling Zinfandel. For good reason, too. Today’s Poizin is a very balanced and very smooth wine, with enough complexity to make it interesting and delicious.
The wine shows great balance, with just the right amount of ripe fruit, earthiness and soft spice. Alcohol is subtle and not overpowering as in many a modern Dry Creek Valley Zin.
We are just thrilled to have Armida back on our pages and we hope that you are able to get your hands on some of this wonderful wine - before we run out.
Dark garnet while the wine sits still. Swirl it, and iridescent burgundy hues are viewed through the walls of the glass.
Bold and lush, with notes of dark cherry, strawberry, and stewed fig leaping from the glass. Additional aromas of berry bramble, dried flower petals, sweet tobacco, and black peppercorn follow on.
A delightful balance of reserved and powerful, with plenty of robust fruit notes of cherry, strawberry, and sweet plum counterbalanced by cedarwood, freshly picked spruce boughs, smoked beef carpaccio, sage, rosemary, and clove.
The wine starts off dark, with a tartness that yields to sweeter flavors as the medium-long finish is sustained by the red fruits, minerals and peppercorn spice.
Garlic, rosemary, and black pepper rubbed venison, slow roasted and served with the baking juices drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
A lush, delicious and “serious” wine but in a fun package! The nose is fruit driven with fresh plum, bing cherry, spicy peppercorn and zinberry. The mouthfeel is soft with a hint of milk chocolate, sweet oak, and a long vanilla finish. The deep color and firm structure are enhanced by the addition of the Petite Sirah and the firm tannins softened by moderate oak. Enjoy this POIZIN with caution; it is The Wine to Die for!
- Brandon Lapides
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah
- 10 months in French and American oak
About the Winery
For many years now, brothers Steve and Bruce Cousins have been producing some of the best wines in Sonoma County. We hand-craft vineyard designated wines from many of the top vineyards including Maple Vineyards Zinfandel and Maple Vineyards Tina’s Block (perhaps Dry Creek’s most coveted Zin Block), Durell Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Parmelee-Hill Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, Castelli Knight Ranch Pinot Noir, Gold Mine Ranch Zinfandel, and Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir. From our own seven-acre estate vineyard we produce Il Campo (“Field Blend”), a delicious combination of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah.
Winemaker Brandon Lapides
Born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in California, Brandon Lapides began his winemaking career in 2000 at UC Davis, in the Fermentation Science Department. During these studies he interned during harvest at Testarossa Vineyards and RH Phillips winery. Immediately following graduation and eager to put his education to work, Brandon spent six months in New Zealand, working for Brancott Winery in Malborough learning the intricacies and potential brilliance of Sauvignon Blanc.
Returning to the U.S. Brandon was offered the assistant winemaker position at Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Here he worked with Zinfandel from some of the prized Zin vineyards on the Central Coast, producing many noteworthy and award winning wines. This brought him to the attention of Dan Goldfield of Dutton Goldfield Winery in Sonoma County, where Brandon became the assistant winemaker.
During his four years at Dutton Goldfield Brandon mastered his craft, honing his palate and gaining valuable experience with cool weather Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Brandon’s winemaking skills are in full bloom at Armida Winery, where he produces elegant and complex wines from some of Sonoma’s most sought after vineyards.