While the 2011 vintage may be remembered for the rains of early October, my prevailing impression is of wines that are elegant and show unparalleled varietal expression. Gone are the over ripe, over extracted wines that have homogenized varietals across appellations, ushering in beautiful wines that have a true sense of place. It certainly didn’t hurt that nearly 90 percent of our fruit was picked before it rained, giving us the best of both worlds: a subtleness that only reveals itself in cooler vintages and optimally ripe fruit. The nose is full of high toned red fruit and complimented by minerals and subtle spice. The front palate exudes raspberry jam and cherry pie, which gives way to rich flavors of French oak. The tannins are well balanced and approachable from a young age. The elegance and sense of place that this wine exudes will prove to be a hallmark of the vintage. The finish is long and pure, leaving no doubt that this is a well balanced Zinfandel. Enjoy the 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel over the next 4-6 years.
Wine & Spirits(2009 Vintage) Mauritson was yet another of the outstanding Zinfandels from 2007. The wine is garnet in color, with a nose that is well balanced and herbaceous. Also, there are smoky notes of chocolate and raspberry. Continuing on to the palate, you are greeted by dark fruit and mint with less acidity than you might expect, creating a very plush mouthfeel with dusty tannins. Pink peppercorn and anise round out the flavors and are present mostly on the finish. Pair this elegant yet well-structured Zin with chicken livers and bleu cheese.