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2011 Amphora Timber Crest Zinfandel

2011 Amphora Timber Crest Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

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Today's Wine Comments:

Original Clones on Mid-19th Century Zin Plot

This Zin from our friends at Amphora is exhibit A of Winemaker Rick Hutchinson’s belief in “creating an insanely good wine” by working in harmony with each variety’s unique flavor profile. This is an age-worthy, bold Zin that above all stays balanced -- making it an excellent partner for food.

During his three plus decades in the industry, long-time Winemaker Hutchinson has worked with some of Sonoma’s most talented lights including John Kongsgaard and Robert Mondavi.  When he launched his own winery in Dry Creek Valley in 1997, initially producing only 218 cases, buzz spread quickly and soon his small-production wines were winning medals and regularly selling out.

Owner and Winemaker Rick Hutchinson trained with some of the best in the business (Kongsgaard, Sebastiani) before striking out on his own with Amphora. Believing that “  Wines and people that are too extreme are begging to be misunderstood, “his philosophy is to create balanced wines that are expressive of their terroir.

From the winery:

Flavors are in the dark fruit spectrum, with woodsy balsamic notes. The strong, persistent finish bodes well for bottle aging.

*CellarThief maintain excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

We’re a hands-on winery crafting small lots of a number of varietals from Dry Creek Valley and beyond...

"Vines and wines are like people. Those with good balance live longer and age more gracefully. The total wine experience-the bouquet, the mouth feel, and the taste-should all be pleasing.  Wines and people that are too extreme are begging to be misunderstood." -Rick Hutchinson, Owner/Winemaker

From the winery:

Winning food pairings for this wine lean towards grilled red meats and braised greens.

Wine Ratings

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

Layers on Layers on Layers

I say that 3 times because, well, this Zin has layers within each layer, from the nose to the front and back palate through the finish. With so many flavors in play, it's a wine that I couldn't turn down. If you had the 2012 Amphora Sonoma County Zin, you know how awesome of a production it was. Take that and think bigger and better, and you've got their Timber Crest Vineyard. 

Black pepper, clay, dark chocolate and cranberry on the nose. Medium-full bodied with tones of espresso, fig jam, black cherry and cinnamon spice. Black raspberry peeks out through the long finish, with more espresso as it flows off the palate. Showing well with its age, and will go another few 3 or 4 years with proper storage. This is one for all Zin fans. 93 Points - JZ Sept '18

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