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Two Completely Different Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley


A week or so ago Jenn and I tasted two of Eric Asimov’s wine school selections.  I must admit I was somewhat confused by the 2011 Ridge, Zinfandel, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley.  At first I thought the prickle on the tongue and high-toned notes indicated a wine that would crack-up on the second day.  But there was a beguiling earthy note which I thought needed a chance to develop.  This bottle was perfectly fine on the second night, though still clearly young, the tart red fruit was complemented by an earthy, animale finish.  If this can age for a few years it should become something!  The 2012 Dashe, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley is much lower in price.  While it does not have the same level of complexity it is both forward drinking  and in possession of a vein of black, mineral fruit which I imagine will blossom this winter.   I would pick up several bottles of the Dashe to track their development as the Ridge slumbers.  These wines were purchased at  MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Ridge, Zinfandel, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley – $32
This wine is  a blend of 82% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, and 2% Carignane which was aged for 14 months in 25% new American oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.4%.  The nose was earthy with predominantly high-toned aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were tingly on the tongue tip.  There were mouth filling flavors of earthy, tart red cranberry fruit, wood polish, and a dose of drying tannins.  The wine continued with blacker fruit, firm acidity, and an assertive finish.  With extended air there were low-lying flavors of an earthy, animale nature.  ***/***(*) 2015-2022.

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2012 Dashe, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley – $18
This wine is a blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah aged for 10 months in 100% French oak casks.  Alcohol 14.5%. This was a fruit forward and generous wine with an interesting vein of blue and black mineral fruit.  The flavors were mouthfilling.  There were some citric tannins and extract on the gums followed by a spicy kick of a finish.  It could use a little age.  **(*) 2014-2018.

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