2008 Lorenzo's Heirloom Wine

2008 Lorenzo’s Heirloom Wine

Dry Creek Valley

The 2008 Lorenzo’s Heirloom Wine comes from a hundred-plus year old vineyard located in a privileged position on the Dry Creek Bench. The varietal percentage in the Lorenzo’s Heirloom Wine has stayed the same (roughly 50% Zinfandel, 25% Carignane, and 25% Petite Sirah, with trace amounts of Alicante Bouschet, Valdigue, and Cinsault). As with 2007, all the varietals were cofermented using native yeasts. After fermentation to dryness the wines were barreled down to 40% new French Oak barrels for eleven months, and racked only once prior to bottling. The final wine is textbook Dry Creek—full of brooding black fruits, irony mineral elements, and broad, sweeping but soft, tannins. Perhaps a bit more elegant than the somewhat outsized 2007, I think this is a more complete wine and will reward patience (though I have certainly enjoyed a couple bottles recently!).

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10

($35; a blend of zinfandel, carignane and petite sirah) Bright red. A complex nose offers briary red berries, smoked meat, dried herbs and a hint of flowers. Lively and precise in the mouth, with flavors similar to the aromas. Bright but ripe and not at all heavy, with an intriguing element of candied flowers on the back half. Finishes with youthfully gripping tannins and hints of Indian spices. This should reward aging.

90 points

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

It’s a California Cotes du Rhone on steroids. Composed of 50% Zinfandel, 25% Carignan, and the rest Petite Sirah as well as tiny amounts of Alicante Bouchet, Valdigue, and Cinsault from 100-year old vines located in Dry Creek, the 2008 Heirloom Lorenzo’s Proprietary Red is even better. Copious aromas of licorice, lavender, pepper, meat juices, blackberries, chocolate, raspberries, and sweet cherry jam are all present in this full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal, juicy wine. This is an intriguing, provocative, compelling example of an unusual blend resulting in something special. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.

94 points

208 cases made

$35 | Sold Out.