From vines averaging 95 years old, this is an impressive effort, in balance between savory, sultry overtones of peppercorn and espresso and a riper, juicier core of blackberry. Supportive acidity provides a freshness to the wine, which offers plenty of length and breadth on the finish.
*One Star* Optimally ripened, solidly fruited and hitting the varietal mark smartly, Dry Creek Vineyard's Old Vine bottling does a fine job of being both rich and lively at one and the same time. It is deep and well-filled without a whit of heaviness, and, while sufficiently open to afford lots of forthright appeal now, it has a very promising sense of reserve and the structure to get better with age. It is an honest, carefully crafted Zinfandel that is very sure of just what it is, and it deftly reminds that richness and range do not depend on a heavy hand.
The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vine, which is one of the classics from Dry Creek, comes from vines averaging older than 95 years. Consistently one of the best-value old-vine cuvées in Zinfandel from California, the 2013 is another winner. A dark ruby/purple color, loads of berry fruit, pepper, meat, spice, roasted earth, herbs and soil notes are all present in this wine, which was first called old-vine Zinfandel in 1984. This is a beauty to drink over the next 5-6 years because there is no reason to defer gratification. One of the historic wineries, Dry Creek is among the pioneers in the movement for high-quality Zinfandels. I met the original owner, David Stare, before I even started the Wine Advocate in 1978, so that gives you an idea of how far back both of us go. (RP)
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