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Quivira Zinfandel 2007

by Nannette Eaton on November 23, 2009

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”  —  H. G. Wells

Quivira Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley ZinfandelQuivira Dry Creek Valley ZinfindelThese two wines are not the grad-school-in-you-face-fruit-bomb zinfandels you might be used to.  The Quivira zinfandels are elegant, refined and sophisticated.  They have the brambly-briar-patch flavors, but they are muted and balanced in these beautifully complex nuanced offerings.  Miraculous and delicious.

Quivira seems to be doing all the right things, and you can taste it in the wine.  They have a holistic approach to agriculture with a commitment to organic and biodynamic (Demeter® certified since 2005) practices.  All of Quivira’s energy needs are satisfied by solar power.  In addition to the grapes, the have established a garden to supply local markets with produce and they are offering estate-bottled olive oil and honey in the tasting room.  The coup de grace was the announcement that Quivira also sells, “red wine poached figs made from Black Mission figs from the estates prolific 130-year-old tree.”  Sounds too bucolic for words, I’m packing my bags and moving in.  Seriously.

The details: the Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007 has 14.9% alcohol.  Cork closure.  93% zinfandel with 7% petite sirah.  Appellation Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma.  Suggested retail $20 USD. The  Quivira Zinfandel Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley 2007 has 15.1% alcohol.  Cork closure.  92% zinfandel with 8% petite sirah.  Grapes from the Wine Creek Ranch in the Dry Creek Valley appellation in Sonoma.  Suggested retail $34USD.

Both of these wines were industry trade samples generously facilitated and provided by Folsom & Associates.

The music match is “Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan from the album Surfacing.  The only mystery is why you haven’t picked up a couple of bottles.