Trattore Estate – 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

October 5, 2011

The Facts:

The Trattore Estate 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel was produced from fruit grown at a hilltop vineyard on the eastern side of Dry Creek Valley. In addition to Zinfandel (88%), this wine also contains a bit of Petite Sirah (12%). Fermentation took place in open top stainless steel tanks with twice daily punch downs performed by hand. Barrel aging took place over 14 months; 25% of the barrels were new. 500 cases of this wine were produced and it has a suggested retail price of $29. Trattore Estate Wines is a pretty new effort in Dry Creek Valley. Owner Tim Bucher purchased the property for the vineyard and winery in 1999 and planted 40 acres to vine. After finding 150 year old Olive Trees on the property he founded the Dry Creek Olive Oil Company. The Trattore wines and the Dry Creek Olive Oils can be tasted 7 days a week at 4791 Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg in a room they share. (707) 431-7200.

Gabe’s Take:

The heart of Dry Creek Valley is the overwhelming preponderance of family owned wineries; this is true of even the largest in the Valley. Trattore Estate Wines is a small, new Winery. I’m always particularly excited to sample wines from producers I haven’t tried yet. When it’s Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel my anticipation level goes up a few notches. Add to that the fact that their winemaker is Kerry Damskey and my expectations were definitely positive.

A dark and brooding nose is loaded with black fruit aromas as well as plum pudding spices. Blackberries, raspberries, and plum characteristics are at the core of this wines palate along with an accompanying blast of fruitcake spice flavors. Toasty oak, as well as black and white peppers join along for the ride. Dark and dusty chocolate tinged with bits of sweetness emerge on the finish along with earth and continued spice.

This is a classically styled Zinfandel that features well balanced fruit and lots of spice. This wine is delicious now but can certainly be held for the next 6-8 years without a problem. Without question the 2009 Zinfandel from Trattore is a wine that is built for enjoying with food.

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