Wine Adventures are not just exotic expeditions to far-away vineyards and tasting rooms, they’re also journeys into an open bottle to explore something new right at home. Such was the case with two bottles of Sonoma County Dry Creek Vineyard 2010 Heritage Zinfandel discovered in the wine rack. I have no idea how they got there. Wines usually make it to the rack following an afternoon in tasting rooms, from club shipments, or on rare occasions from purchases in a wine shop, grocery store or Costco. Then there are the single bottles that arrive in a steady drip from clients or friends to celebrate… something. So finding two of the same bottle without handwritten notes on the label indicating price and how the wine was acquired added to the mystery of a wine I’d never before tasted.
It was a night for drinking red wine after a week of nothing but cold, cold whites due to the heat wave that sent temperatures over 100 degrees for days here in wine country. I bypassed the well known labels and reached for the Sonoma County mystery guest. With a pop of the cork, it was evident that this Zinfandel was a great value, whatever the price ($18 retail per their web site). My first sniff of the open bottle revealed a healthy dose of cherry and plum. I let it sit in the glass for a few minutes, then found light chocolate in the first sip. Compared to other Zinfandel wines this may be a little light, but that only makes it better for sipping.
Highly recommend this one. If you see it, pick up a bottle and try it for yourself. Better yet, buy two bottles and sneak it into someone else’s wine rack so they can discover Dry Creek Vineyard 2010 Heritage Zinfandel by surprise like I did.
Dry Creek Vineyard
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 Tel (800) 864-9463
Tasting room open daily 10:30am to 4:30pm, private tours and tasting by appointment
Disclosure: No free samples or other inducements were provided to the author in return for this review.