WINEMAKER(S)
Tim Bell

2018 AUCTION LOT NO. 25

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
DRY CREEK VINEYARD
Timeless Old Vine Field Blend

Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane
Beeson Ranch 48%, Buchignani Vineyard 25%, Kowalski Vineyards 25%, Hemar Ranch 2%
Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley
2016
10 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

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.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

May 2018

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

Winter 2018