2009 Quivira Quest

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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