2010 ClandestZin Dry Creek Valley (Grist Vineyard)
The 2010 ClandestZin initial nose is all dark brambly fruit; a mid-palate of slight spice and oak; and a smooth, balanced finish. On the aeration/decanting, the wine shows it’s dark fruit structure with black cherries, black currant, and ripe blackberries. The American Oak lends the wine a slight tannin with some fairly substantial legs but doesn’t overdo it. This is not a traditional Zinfandel in the sense of the fruit bomb, over the top. It is a more restrained style – as I have produced with all three previous vintages – while there is some “knock your block off” flavor and a lot of backbone, this is a more “old style” California Zinfandel with ripe fruit, oak, balance, structure, and slight spice – made for drinking now, but can also be aged a bit.
Sourced from vines over 100 years old at Grist Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley, the 2010 ClandestZin is a dark ink color. This is a pure Grist Zinfandel with ripe fruit, backbone, and a balanced flavor – if you liked the 2007 and 2008, you will love this best Zin we’ve produced yet!