A Personal Favorite: Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel

drycreekoldvine2006zinSince I am an unabashed Zinfandel partisan, it takes an uncommonly good example of my favorite wine to impress me, and so I was delighted to discover the remarkable Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel ($28). Sipping this brilliantly-crafted red wine is like listening to a Bach fugue, with all the terraced dynamics and architectonic perfection implied by the analogy. Rich dark fruit and oak aromas lead to a sheath of warm plum and vanilla notes that surround a core of concentrated cherry, black raspberry, and blackberry flavors complicated by nuances of earth, spice, briar, and smoke, all of which find resonant closure in a long, deeply flavorful finish. This superb wine would pair nicely with most meals featuring grilled meats, especially beef, but it would also perfectly complement less lofty fare, such as barbecue or deep-dish pizza.

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