A taste of Zin

Dry Creek Vineyard Sonoma County Heritage Zinfandel 2003
A structured Zinfandel with a core of black fruit. 14.5% P&B Healdsburg, 100+ year old vine budwood grafted onto new rootstock. The current release (2005) contained 15% Petitie Sirah and was aged 12 mos. in FR & US oak, $16 at the winery www.drycreekvineyard.com

Karly Amador County Sadie Upton Zinfandel 2001
Aging and complex, with a silky texture and dried fruit flavors though the alcohol is starting to dominate. 15% P&B Plymouth, rocky hillside vineyard head pruned and dry farmed planted by Sadie and John Upton in 1923, one year in neutral oak, winemaker Garth Cobb, $26 at the winery www.karlywines.com

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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