2012 Treborce Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Treborce Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
The 140 Club
About a month ago, we showcased a fantastic Zinfandel from Pech Merle. That wine was great, and it caused quite a sensation among our Operatives. I am very pleased to bring you today the even better Pech Merle 2012 Treborce Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
This wine is a mouthful of juicy, jammy, fruit-driven goodness that will delight your senses, impress your friends - and save you a few bucks. This budget-priced wine is beautifully balanced and just so, so very good.
This Zin has the happiest, juiciest nose we’ve smelled on a Zinfandel. Aromas of blackberry preserve, blueberry syrup, raspberry, bramble bush, red currant, cinnamon stick and hints of anise and pepper.
Intriguing and incredibly delicious, with blackberry and blueberry jam, wild strawberry, plum skin, smoky cherry, bramble, sweet spice, kola nut and black pepper.
The Treborce Vineyard was planted in 1999 to St. George rootstock, which is widely recognized as one of the most revered and sought after in the world. Simi Winery, Wilson Winery, Hauch, Phipps Family, Carol Shelton, Gunfighter and others have all made award-winning wines from this respected vineyard. Pech Merle’s interpretation is the best we’ve ever tasted from this vineyard source.
This wine was made by years-long Beringer Winery Cellar Director, John Pepe. Obviously, John learned a thing or two about making great wines while at behemoth Beringer, at Kendall-Jackson and at Lyeth too. John’s Pech Merle Winery produces around 3000 cases per year - and has won over 140 medals.
I offer you this wine with my boldest recommendation.
Dark magenta hues, with pretty ruby edges. Tall, skinny legs start high up on the glass wall before slowly descending downward.
Blackberry preserve, blueberry syrup, raspberry, bramble bush, red currant, cinnamon stick and hints of anise and pepper.
Blackberry and blueberry jam, wild strawberry, plum skin, smoky cherry, bramble, sweet spice, kola nut and black pepper.
Endless, with sweet berry fruits gradually tailing off, ushering in a plush, crushed velvet dryness that spreads across the entire palate.
Enjoy this berry-licious wine with glazed meats, saucy BBQ ribs, grilled steak, or a cherry reduction pork loin.
What the Winery Says
- John Pepe
- 94% Zinfandel
- 6% Petite Sirah
- Dry Creek Valley
- Harvest date
- October 3, 2012
- 11 months
- 40% new French and American oak
- 328 cases