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And it's HALF OFF until Sunday 7/31 at midnight! Master winemaker Clark Smith is back with a perfect 10 (94+ points) single vineyard Winesmith Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel from the Grist Vineyard first planted in 1869. You don't want to miss this!
Clark Smith is one of our favorite winemakers and judging by the sales of his past deals, he is one of your very favorites too. Today he's back with another special one, a single vineyard Zin from the extremely old Grist Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley.
The vineyard, which was first planted in 1869, sits 1000 feet above sea level at the top of Bradford Mountain. The volcanic soils and old vines result in low yields and loads of concentration. Add these excellent grapes to Clark's exceptional winemaking abilities and wow!
Just 153 cases were produced of this wine, which normally retails for $50. For the next two days (unless it sells out sooner) we're slashing that price in half saving you $25 per bottle!
Today's Insider Deal gets you 3 bottles of the 2019 Winesmith Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for just $74.99.
Our extremely affordable 2-day summer shipping minimizes the transit time for a flat $9.99 per order no matter how many 3-packs you buy. (Orders will still ship 5-10 days after the conclusion of the offer.) Read on for our full review.
This 3-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI and WY. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery. Future deals may have more or less states available.)
This limited time, winery direct offer ends Sunday 7/31/2022 at midnight (PT) unless it sells out sooner.
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The 2019 Winesmith Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah from the Grist Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. The wine is aged in neutral French Oak for 16 months. Just 153 cases were produced.
From the winery:
I have a hard time getting my French gurus to take Zinfandel seriously. They don’t judge wine by the fruity aromatics, which abound in many California Zins. They want the wine to behave itself in the mouth. Because Zinfandel ripens unevenly, with green berries and raisins on the same cluster, its texture is brash and grainy.
The exception is Dry Creek Valley, which always delivers classic Bordelaise elegant tannin structure worthy of the finest Super Tuscan. The venerable Grist Vineyard is the acknowledged jewel in the DCV Zin crown, and we are vastly fortunate to have been granted access to a couple tons from our friend and colleague Woody Hambrecht. Nobody disputes that this is the best wine we made in 2019. We picked at relatively low brix, co-fermented with Petite Sirah for its co-extraction properties (thank you Paul Draper for this trick). The wine pretty much made itself.
This result is indescribably delicious. Intense raspberries with oak toast accents lead to explosive fruit in the mouth, stylish texture and a long, minerally finish unmarred by alcohol. You just want to hug yourself. Classy stuff. Unlike most “clown-style” impact Zins on the market today, this wine will age wonderfully for several decades, acquiring in the process some sexy aromatics like old Riesling does.
I like it with grilled sausages or rigatoni with a pancetta/gorgonzola sauce. It’s also wonderful with classic Bordeaux dishes like Tornadoes Chateau Figeac (fillet mignon with artichoke hearts, truffle and bearnaise).
A strong, enticing dark berry fruit aroma leads the way on the 2019 Winesmith Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel and is joined by wonderful, savory touches of licorice, spice, and even some dried herbs and balsamic. It almost smells like an aged Rioja!
Tasting reveals a dry, savory and utterly delicious Zin. Full of deep flavors, it is beautifully balanced with just 13.5% alcohol has no heat at all (as opposed to many other big and over the top Zins pushing 16% alcohol). Add in a smooth and silky mouthfeel, gorgeous structure and wonderfully integrated spice to go with the dark berry, brambly fruit and this is really something special.
It ends dry, a bit grippy and extremely long with lasting spice notes and even a little minerality. It's so terribly drinkable right now it hurts but according to Clark this can age for "several decades". Good luck resisting it for that long! We did manage to save a bit to taste on day 2 and it was just as good.
You might also want to watch Clark's tasting video for this wine.
2019 WINESMITH DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL
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