2011 Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
The Miller's Proverb
We love most of the Zinfandels that we’ve sampled from the Grist Vineyard. Grist sits atop Bradford Mountain in California’s Zin capital, the Dry Creek Valley, and today’s Ousterhout Wines 2011 Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel is one of the best expressions of that beautiful vineyard.
Today’s 91 point gem is a juicy, delicious, fun wine with tons of great fruit and spice - on the nose as well as on the palate. This wine is a joy to drink all on its own, or as an easy, flexible companion for most foods. The acid profile lends itself to a wide array of pairing options.
Aromas leap from the glass to greet you on the nose, with blackberry, raspberry, chocolate cherry, violets, plum, subtle spice, cedar, sweet tobacco and cherry candy.
Ultra juicy and delicious on the palate, with cherry cocktail, blueberry juice, black cherry, young blackberry, young strawberry, subtle sweet spice and a hint of red apple.
This steal of a wine is offered to you with our very boldest recommendation. Enjoy!
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
91 points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “Dusty in red fruit, like crisp cassis and plum, this is a restrained, elegant and smooth wine from a great site. It shows a complexity of baking spices and cherry compote as it cruises into a lengthy finish.”
Beautiful ruby hues, from the wide rim to the slightly darker core. A springy surface and tall, chubby legs are revealed after spinning the wine in the glass.
Blackberry, raspberry, chocolate cherry, violets, plum, subtle spice, cedar, sweet tobacco and cherry candy.
Cherry cocktail, blueberry juice, black cherry, young blackberry, young strawberry, subtle sweet spice and a hint of red apple.
The wine glides across the palate on entry, then becomes softly grippy as gentle, plush tannins dig in, spreading a very gradual dryness across the palate.
Enjoy this very food friendly Zin with grilled red meats, grilled chicken and just about anything slathered in BBQ sauce. How about a nice plate of juicy ribs?
What the Winery Says
- Micah Wirth
- Dry Creek Valley
- 6.65 g/L
- Harvest date
- 33% new French oak
- Bottling date
- January 18. 2013
- 595 cases