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95 Points, "Year's Best Zinfandels" | Wine & Spirits
"For the third year in a row, Adrian Manspeaker and Micah Wirth's zin from Grist Vineyard is a spellbinding wine. Planted in 1974, this hillside vineyard isn't old in the context of California zin, but the vines are mature enough to translate the site's iron-rich volcanic soil into zinfandel with remarkable purity and sheer exuberance. It's red plum and floral white peach flavors are so immediate and succulent, you might worry that the wine is going to drip down your chin. There's a lacy transparency here that's extraordinary, the tannins structuring the wine without dominating it, somewhere between peach fuzz and fine gravel. The subtle redwood scent seems to catch the vineyard's hillside environs. It's a beautiful, zesty California original. Pour it blind for Europhile friends who claim to dislike zin, and watch their faces light up."
This opulent, food-friendly Zinfandel is made with fruit sourced from 41-year old vines high above the Dry Creek Valley.
At 1000 feet above sea level at the top of Bradford Mountain, the Grist Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is where we source our Zinfandel. The vineyard, which was planted in 1974, consists of red volcanic soils and receives lots of direct sunlight. The property is owned by Hambrecht Vineyards. In order to ensure even ripening, which is difficult with Zinfandel, Hambrecht Vineyards management team regularly drops unripe clusters and maintains the crop load at around only two tons per acre.
A compelling nose of bing cherry, blueberry, toffee and black peppercorn precedes mouth-watering acidity and a spicy, tart cherry finish on the palate.
- Braised Lamb
- Pizza on the grill (or really anything on the grill)
- Tomato bread
- Pork tenderloin
|Region||Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA|