This opens with very nice dark fruit aromas on the nose. Blackberry, with hints of cedar and eucalyptus, lead on the palate, turning to jammy fruit with black pepper on the mid-palate. Complexity is interesting, acid zippy. There is an underlying mocha throughout, showing most on the finish. It is rich, but well-balanced, a pleasant food wine. Drink with a ribeye. Very Highly Recommended. DH

WHO: Quivira
WHAT: Zinfandel (90%), Petite Sirah (10%)
WHERE: California, Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $38 (media sample)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405804033 Sara

    I just came across this rveiew and 1. 15% alcohol is not that unusual in a Zinfandel, this is due to the naturally higher levels of sugar. Think back to chemistry class, sugar converts to alcohol. 2. The small amount of petite sirah probably does add some punch to this Zin, and I would never expect to see an 8% addition on a label. According to law, if a wine is made up of 75% or more of one specific varietal, then that wine may be called by that specific varietal. That’s what the internet is for :-) To the majority of the market, a small addition of petite sirah means nothing to them.