Friday, March 4, 2011

Quivira Estate Vineyards and Winery 2006 Steelhead Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

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This is a smooth sipping Zinfandel from Sonoma, California. The body is light and it really made a beautiful wind-down wine after a Friday night meal at La Fiesta followed by a stop into the Rose and Thistle.

The wine has an entrancing deep purple color and a nice aroma of black fruit. Green Dragon noted the plummy flavor and I was getting sour cherry. Soft tannins become apparent on the long finish which is supported by spice and cocoa tastiness.

We picked this up about a year ago for $18. The extra time in the cellar seemed to soften the edges of this wine. Green Dragon would have preferred a more fruit-driven profile, but this was a well-balanced pleaser for us both. For whatever reason, I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was.

The Quivira also has some benefits for the environment too. The wine, which sports a painted label with leaping trout, is the official wine of Trout Unlimited. A portion of the wine sales benefit that organization. Quivira also has initiated efforts on their property to protect the trout waters from pollution.

Quivira is a solar powered winery that also has biodynamic and organic certifications. The Dry Creek growing area is especially well suited for growing high quality Zinfandel grapes.

Nothing fishy about this wine. Should be a perfect match with pizza.
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