Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2018: Sonoma County, California

Grapes: Zinfandel

Region/History Notes: Dry Creek Vineyards has almost 50 years in the family-owned/operated winery business and was the first official winery licensed in Dry Creek after the repeal of prohibition. While Zinfandel is native to Croatia where it is called Tribidrag and is grown throughout Italy under the name, Primitivo, California is the reason it is such a popular grape. This particular bottling has 22% Petite Sirah and 1% Carignan to add depth and richness to the wine. It is aged in a mix of French/Hungarian/American oak for 22 months and is a powerhouse of a wine.

Tasting Notes: Deep brambly fruits with a smoky, spicy nose. Blackberry and peppercorn, wilted red flowers, campfire smoke, and cocoa powder- the perfect winter wine! Full-bodied with a rich mouthfeel and a finish that lasts for days. Venison street tacos anyone? Trust me, they are delicious and a great pairing. Not feeling as adventurous? Short ribs over blue cheese grits and this wine will make the coldest of nights cozy.