Friday, March 4, 2011

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

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.

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 benefits 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. It should be a perfect match with pizza.
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