Zinfandel, “Late,” Dry Creek Valley, Dessert Wine, 2017
Our Zinfandel Dessert Wine “LATE” was created by starting with a small portion our 2017 Watson Old Vine Zinfandel and blending in a curated selection of locally produced 191 proof distilled grape spirits and chose that proof over 170 and 180 proof. We felt the 191 proof tasted more pure as it is twice distilled. This allowed us to really focus on the flavor of the wine. Our team had the enviable job of sampling many brandies and many blending percentages before narrowing the final result down to this offering. While doing so, our desire was to produce more of a “ruby” style – brighter and fruitier and less domineering than a “tawny” style wine and therefore more versatile – equally compatible with a variety of desserts and cheeses or enjoyed on its own while relaxing at the end of the day. We’ve even tried it as a component in some fun cocktails which can be seen here. The slightly higher alcohol of this port-style wine helps to preserve it after being uncorked, allowing it to be returned to for many days.
On the nose, enjoy hints of hibiscus, deep red plum and bay leaf.
On the palate, dried raspberries, baked plum, dark cherries and toasted pralines.
This wine pairs beautifully with bold cheeses and dark chocolates.
Dry Creek Valley