2021 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Buchignani/Garcia, Blake Mauritson, Faloni, Jajodia
91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah
14 months in oak barrels 100% French
At the time of bud break in late March, we had only received about 20% of our annual rainfall. It looked to be another low rain fall year so many growers early on, adjusted their farming practices. This meant dropping fruit earlier in the season to keep the vines strong throughout and refraining from aggressive fruit exposure. Despite the drier growing season, the ripening period that falls between mid-August to late October was nearly flawless. Long warm Fall days meant picking decisions could be scheduled in the absence of haste. Grapes patiently hung on the vines, waiting to be harvested at their ultimate balance of flavor, freshness, and intensity.
The Zinfandels of the 2021 vintage are simply transcendent. Seductive and precise with incredible depth and sophistication. Perfumed ripe summer blackberry, pomegranate seed, sweet spice, and crushed violet candy mingle beautifully with sweet pie crust, almond paste, and vanilla pod aromas. On the palate this Zinfandel is energetic and multi-faceted. Details of fresh dark fruits and toasted coffee bean give way to a core of inviting plush tannins and a long fresh finish. Despite its early accessibility, this incredible Zinfandel will be generous for at least 7+ years.