Since 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard has been a pioneer in establishing historic ‘firsts’ for the wine industry. This family winery was the first to coin the term ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ and to label a wine as such in 1987.
Winemaker Tim Bell has drawn upon four of the most distinctive old vine vineyards in Dry Creek Valley to create this sensational field blend wine. Historic Beeson Ranch, a vineyard planted in 1886, takes the lead. The powerful Zinfandel from this dramatic bowl-shaped site on the western hillside is supplemented with small amounts of Carignane, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Trousseau Gris and Pinot St. George. A separate block of Petite Sirah adds color and backbone to the blend. Another unique field blend, Kowalski Vineyard, adds a unique character from its dry-farmed old vines surrounded by the western hills and groves of trees along Wine Creek. The third component is derived from Buchignani Vineyard, a dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard owned by a multi-generational grapegrowing family in the Dry Creek Valley. The final element is pre-Prohibition old vine Carignane from Hemar Ranch, planted in 1900.
The resulting wine combines specific amounts from each of these vineyards. It possesses deep color, distinctively spicy aromas with raspberry fruit and a hint of rose-petal perfume. The tannins are moderate and support the structure for a wine that will age well in the cellar. This benchmark lot is ideal for the collector who appreciates the history of these revered old vine properties in the Dry Creek Valley.