Old Vines Zinfandel
Origin: Dry Creek Valley, CA
Retail Price: $23
Notes: Although Pezzi King is best known
for Zinfandel, this is the winery's first attempt at using old vine
fruit. Soft in the mouth and light on tannins, its tart cherry flavors
are atypical of an old vine wine. Although its an exceedingly easy drinker,
this wine lacks the character we had hoped for from an old-vine style.
(Date tasted 11/5/00)
Founded in 1993, this family-owned operation in the Dry Creek Valley
is already earning its place among western Sonoma County's most interesting
red producers. In taking over the old Stemmler winery facilities,
Pezzi King has expanded to an annual production of around 20,000
cases, which includes both larger releases of its more popular Cabernets
and Zinfandels, as well as smaller, more experimental releases, including
the first attempt at an old-vine style, released in August 2000.
3805 Lambert Bridge Rd.
City: Healdsburg, CA
Web site: www.pezziking.com