To a person, every California winemaker was delighted with the 2013
growing year and harvest. After the previous three difficult years
during which nature wreaked havoc leading up to harvest, a warm
September and dry October allowed late-ripening Zinfandel to fully
develop and be picked under optimal conditions which delivered
balanced, flavor-packed wines.
The 2013 Ministry of the Vinterior Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a
charismatic example of varietal in perfect harmony with its growing
region. This extroverted, but restrained Zinfandel Zinfandel throws
heady aromas of white peach, guava, bright red raspberry, and
varietally-characteristic black pepper out of the glass. In the
mouth, the wine is soft and luscious, with flavors of raspberry
jam, milk chocolate, and smoky roasted coffee intermingling with
sweet, mouth-filling tannins. Enjoy this flirty wine with your best
slow-cooled pulled pork, dripping with smoky BBQ sauce and served
with buttered corn on the cob and an arugula salad with pancetta
Aging: 20 months
in new and once-used French and American oak.
Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister.
Variety: 100% Zinfandel
TA: 5.2 g/L
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