Monday, October 11, 2010

Steelhead Zinfandel Quivira Vineyards 2007

Despite any reservations about bio-dynamics, and how it's all a hoax, and the fact that Rudolf Steiner may have been certifiably insane and unversed in the scientific method, it doesn't mean that bio-dynamic estates don't produce good wines. In fact, they make a lot of great wines, all kookiness aside. I think it might have to do with the fact that they're actively more involved with the "political" action that is farming. Basically, they are paying more attention to what they're putting in their fields. Sure, they may be off their rockers, but they're paying attention to the world in a different way, and I think it's for the most part, a good thing. Anyways, Quivira is a proponent of bio-dynamics, and their rose is, without a doubt, the best rose that I have ever had from the state of California. The first time that I had it, at Lou, I seriously thought it was a Bandol. I was pretty shocked that it was coming out of Sonoma, of all places. I saw this wine for 7$ at Trader Joes and thought it might be a good shot. This is certainly the the polar opposite of whatever TJ's is getting from Bronco, plus, the wine is celebrating the fact that Quivira, working with Trout Unlimited, has helped to restore Steelhead habitat, and convinced other growers to do the same

Lots of raspberry, clove, and vanilla on the nose, before leading into slightly earthy, berry flavors, a little bit of bramble, a little bit of rustic tannin, and a modest finish. Good balance and low alcohol (13.8%). No off raisin flavors. Went pretty well with takeout from Mozza. If you like less bombastic Zinfandel, this is well worth a look, and it's a good way to sample some of what Quivira is doing. It's certainly inexpensive, and the story behind it is cool too. B   

5 comments:

DonO said...

Just tasting it now. Nothing can match it at the TJ clearance price. I'm heading back tomorrow to get a case or two. Reminds me of Peterson Zin, also from Dry Creek, which is still a good deal at 3X the price of this.

Jeff said...

Just like everything else from California, a lot of Zin is way over-priced. In that context, this is a great value if you're a Zinfandel fan...definitely a lot better than their Central Coast (I think?) TJ's Zinfandel that they have on and off for about 4$. Now if they would only carry the rose, I'd be a happy guy.

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AngelaTCarlson said...

Yeah, the 2007 was definitely a quieter style of Zin, but you also might want to check to see if your local store has any 2006 left (red fish on the top of the bottle). This one has a little more friut to it and our Crew liked it better.

Jeff said...

Thanks for the tip. If I see it, I'll pick it up and try it.

I think we only have the 07 in So Cal though.