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Cassis, blackberry pie, bright vibrant young fruits, black pepper, dark chocolate, roasted espresso. Tannins are powerful, yet fine grained, carrying the dark fruit flavors seamlessly along the palate into a long, candied finish.
This wine shows impeccable concentration, fruit, and tannin working in perfect harmony. Dark blackberry, blueberry muffin, and vanilla flood the bouquet. Tannin on the palate is like silk, especially given how much of it there is, allowing seamless movement from front to back, and finishing long and lush. Concentrated blackberry and strawberry jam notes transfer from nose to mouth. An absolutely wonderful expression of what the proper farming can do to a vineyard and the resulting wine.
Honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, white peach and soft, sweet nutmeg spices.
One of the smallest American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), Rockpile could the most unique place to grow Zinfandel in the world. This vineyard sits high above Lake Sonoma, at elevations of over 800 ft. Erosion on these hillside slopes means very little topsoil, creating very poor soil nutrition, ensuring that the vines struggle to ripen what little fruit they can set. The vineyard is located about 15 miles from the coast, so onshore winds constantly irritate the vines, diminishing water retention, and add to even lower yields. Moderate temperatures are perfect for ripening redder fruit flavor profiles, with concentration and depth a happy byproduct. A unique location producing extraordinary wines. The nose is strawberry, boysenberry, and spice. Firm acidity first sets in, but there is also a noticeable weight carried through the mid-palate that marries the acid and tannin beautifully. Strawberry and spice continue to shine, and the finish is pure vanilla and concentrated red fruit.
Classic Russian River Chardonnay. A flurry of apple blossom, white peaches, vanilla bean, salt water taffy, crème brulee. This wine is a lovely combination of elegant fruit, minerality and barrel spice. On the palate it is vibrant and silky with vanilla custard and butterscotch that delicately mingles with Meyer lemon and soft peach flavors.
The glass fills with dark cherry, aromatic eastern spice, and coffee grounds. The palate is lush, and brings dark, brooding fruit notes complimented by fine grain tannins. Oak influenced vanilla is present, and a finish that lingers across the palate.
Red Blends have been wildly popular in the US for many years now. Interestingly, most of the big sellers are Zinfandel-based. That said, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are like chocolate and peanut butter to us so for our first Truett Hurst red blend, Dragonfly, we use them both. Finally, to add a little interest, wild game and earthiness, we add some Syrah. The resulting wine is decadent in both flavor and aroma. Ripe red fruit aromas are complimented by exotic spice notes and flavors of Bing cherry extract meld perfectly with fresh cracked black pepper and fine grain tannin structure.
History has a tendency to repeat itself, and the 2017 old vine Luci is no exception. If you’re expecting powerful, concentrated fruit picked off of 50-year-old vines… well then welcome home. If you were expecting something else, then you probably have never tried Truett Hurst wines! Strawberry preserves, dark spice, and concentration flood the palate, held in check by soft acidity and silky tannins. This wine is beautiful and elegant, a wonderful expression of the old vine Zinfandel wines Dry Creek has become famous for.
This vintage’s Rattler Rock hails from ancient vine Zinfandel all across the Dry Creek Valley. It’s an intriguing blend, with harmony found between bright and dark fruits. Aromatically, strawberry, cherry cola, and spice fill the glass. There is an acidic footprint, which marries wonderfully with the intense fruit flavors. The mid palate is medium bodied and filled with tart cherry, strawberry, and plum. Sweet vanilla, chocolate shavings, and cinnamon clove round out the finish.
The 2017 Red Rooster is a blend of 50-100-year-old Dry Creek Zinfandel vines scattered across 7 unique vineyards. The yields are always low, which makes a wonderfully concentrated and powerful wine. The nose is an array of dark fruits, blackberry and plum. Hints of dark exotic spices, coffee, and roasted smores compliment the fruit notes. First impression of the palate is power, with big, showy tannins complimenting strawberry jam fruit flavors.
Our 2018 Bluebird Sauvignon Blanc is booming with tropical fruit, candied grapefruit, and peaches. Fine, firming acidity frames and balances, while the finish lingers with lemon crème and vanilla. Pair with fresh oysters on the half shell, Dungeness crab, or sautéed sole with a lemon caper sauce and spring vegetables.
This year’s Rose of Zinfandels shows inviting aromatics of bright strawberry, cotton candy, and apple cider. The palate is soft and plush, and the flavors follow the nose with more layered strawberry pie and cherry. The finish is bold yet fresh, with lingering notes of spice and fruit. Pair this wine with fresh fruit and cheese, grilled lobster tail, and preferably while enjoying a beautiful day with friends or family.
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