Grape(s): 75% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre, 2% Sangiovese
Localization: Sonoma County, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Day bright with a beautiful dark garnet color that bleeds out to an electric pink rim. The nose is dominated by charcuterie, dark chocolate, green pepper corn, bay leaf and cardamom. The fruit aromas of red plum, dates, and black cherry take a second seat which is surprising for a California wine. M+ acidity and grippy tannins are tempered on the palate by flavors of red raspberry and cherry compote that hold the finish in a point of tension between the two opposing powers of bitterness and flashy fruit.
The Domain: Family owned since its founding in 1981, proprietors Pete and Terri Kight were drawn to the estate's natural beauty and unspoiled rural character. With 63 acres of vines planted at Wine Creek Ranch, and another 26 at two sites close by, today Quivira Vineyards is a leading producer of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhône varieties, with a reputation for intentional winegrowing and a thoughtful commitment to organic farming.
Quivira’s environmental stewardship has been all-encompassing. Beginning in 1998, we partnered with conservation agencies in restoring Wine Creek and Dry Creek for their native Steelhead and Coho populations. We keep beehives to promote pollination of our garden’s genetically diverse produce varieties and raise animals to provide fertilization material. It is our philosophy that the vines are only as healthy as the entire ranch therefore we farm holistically and sustainably, and further our commitment with each vintage.