I have to admit, I was first drawn to Dry Creek Vineyard’s wines because of their labels. They’re brightly colored with a picture of a sailboat gliding through the waves. I don’t usually buy wines based on their label, but I thought I’d give their merlot and cabernet sauvignon a try. I was very impressed by both. I guess in some cases pretty labels mean pretty good wines!
My interest in Dry Creek Vineyard wines took me to their winery during my last trip to Sonoma County. It’s a beautiful drive, past miles of vineyards and rolling hills. Pulling up in front of their tasting room, you feel like you’ve crossed over to another country, perhaps a winery in Provence or Tuscany.
The 2005 Somers Ranch Zinfandel was among the four wines I tried there and was definitely my favorite. Their Heritage Zinfandel is very tasty, but the Somers Ranch has an extra dimension of taste and complexity. I tasted ripe blackberries, cherries and a little plum. There’s a nice spiciness in it, with hints of clove and cinnamon. It has well balanced tannins and a very smooth finish. I drank this with steak; it would also go well with lamb or any big meaty dish.