Quivira Vineyards

Wine Review | Quivira Zinfandel 2009, Dry Creek Valley

Quivira Vineyards and Winery Zinfandel, 2009, Dry Creek Valley

Dry creek zinfandel

Quivira 2009 Zinfandel

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley

Blend: 83% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache

Aging: 14 months American, French and Hungarian Oak. Less than 20% new

Alcohol: 14.8%

Production: 5363 cases

Suggested Retail: $20   *received as sample*

Quivira Vineyards and winery is located in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California and was founded in 1981 by Holly and Henry Wendt.  In 2006 the vineyard was purchased by Pete and Terri Kight and they quickly brought in some interesting changes.  Their new direction was to focus everyone involved in the vineyard on creating world class wines.  To refocus the vineyard crew from a quantity centric mind set, to a quality centric mind set.  The Kights also added additional high elevation vineyard land and some amazing 100 year old zinfandel vines.

In addition to the quality goals, the Kights made some very big changes in the practices department.  Quivira is a holistic and biodynamic vineyard.  An example of this approach is that instead of using synthetic fertilizers, Quivira uses compost and cover crops to feed the vines.

Quivira’s 2009 Zinfandel is the only wine they produce that is not 100% estate grown.  According to the info on the back of the bottle, this wine is sourced from “12 diverse vineyard lots”

The first thing I noticed in this wine was a nice vibrant and intense nose.  Plums and berries, but also a fairly strong whiff of alcohol.  However, the aroma of alcohol was not out of balance with the fruit on the palate.  The palate was ripe and plummy with a good dose of pepper.  Zinfandel can quickly deteriorate into a wine dimensional raisin liquer but Quivira’s 09 Zin manages to stay out of that fray.  The wine does have jammy components, but remains dry and complex enough to savor, rather than merely tolerate.

Weekly Wine Journal Rating: 90 points

Wine Review | Quivira Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Quivira Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley2008 Zinfandel

The Blend:  95% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah

Alcohol: 14.8%

Production: 4,200 cases

Suggested Retail Price: $20

Unlike the sweeter jammier versions of Zinfandel from Lodi this wine is quite acidic and a little rough around the edges right now.  Which normally might be considered not such a good thing, but in my books its just enough to set this wine apart.  The addition of the Syrah adds some earthy spiciness to the fruit which is predominantly plum and raspberry.  This wine will age nicely over the next 4 years.

The verdict: Decent, 3 out of 5

*disclaimer, this wine was received as sample