2007 Bradford Mountain Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Mission Codename: With answerable courage

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: Return to Bradford Mountain Winery, a winery known for crafting Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel of great distinction. Secure an ample allotment of their 2007 Zinfandel, a Ultra QPR wine that drinks better than some of its higher-priced rivals from the region.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: VML Winery

Wine Subject: 2007 Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Winemaker: Ginny Lambrix

Backgrounder: Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley is a treasure trove of great wines. Arguably, the region is best known for producing some of the finest Zinfandel in the country. For today’s wine Agent Red returned to Bradford Mountain Winery, a Wine Spies favorite. There, he sampled Bradford’s stunning 2007 Zinfandel. Excited by his discovery, Agent Red was able secure every last bottle of this wine for our Zin-loving Operatives.

Varietal Backgrounder: Zinfandel is related to the Italian Primitivo grape, tracing its origin to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kastelanski. Zinfandel is one of the most versatile varietals with the ability to make wines, both rich to fruity, dark to light, and dry to sweet. Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels, which are characterized by their balance and juiciness, are gaining in popularity with our Operatives.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark magenta with a solid core of mulberry juice. Color is dark and deeply concentrated and, at the edge of the wine, a fine ring of dark fuscia encircles the wine. After swirling, thin, wine-stained tears start high up on the wall of the glass before moving slowly downward.

Smell – Jammy blackberry and raspberry mix with sweet brown spice, blueberry torte, black cherry and a hint of fine, sweet dried herbs. As the wine opens up, dark chocolate, black pepper and a hint of cigar box begin to emerge.

Feel – Medium-weight across the front palate, the wine expands and gains a little more weight at the mid-palate. After a moment, plush tannins give the wine a crushed velvet feel. Gradually, an easy, softly grippy dryness leads to a chewy feel that encourages you to take another long pull.

Taste – Blackberry and softly smoky blueberry present at the front, with black cherry, fine dried herbs, dusty bramble and mulberry close behind. Cigar box and a hint of flint make a subtle appearance at the end.

Finish – Very long and flavor-filled, with dark fruit flavors gently yielding to soft, sweet herbs, flint with hints of softest cedar and tobacco. Throughout, the wine progresses very gradually from soft and sweet, to softly dry.

Conclusion – Do yourself a great favor today, dear Operative, and grab (at least) a case of this fantastic wine while you can. This is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel that offers great value with with delicious fruit, great complexity, a perfect feel and sweet aromatics. The 2007 vintage was an great one for Northern California wines and this wine finds itself in fine company, easily living up to the hype of the vintage. If you are looking for a great daily drinker, or the perfect Zin to serve your guests during the coming Holidays, you’ve found it. Just be sure to stock up. This may be your last opportunity to get your hands on some. Cheers!

Wine Spies vineyard Check:

The location of the Bradford Mountain Winery vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.

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