92 Insider Points
Amista! Amista! Get This Thing Off Of Me! Amista!
You should know by now that any time I can reference a classic film, I will. Just like good ol' Happy Gilmore, this wine is great for a Saturday night-in. In fact, the 2 would pair together nicely. Drink this with a side of comedy.
Spicy, herbal aromas waft from the glass. The palate shows a medium body of cinnamon, vanilla, black currant, plum and fig, leading into a spice-filled finish. Let this wine take you to your own happy place (end movie reference).
92 Points - JZ January '18
100% Zinfandel, hand harvested
Dry Creek Valley, California
18 months in neutral oak barrels
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
Mouthwateringly good Zinfandel. It’s what flows through our veins year in and year out. With its roasted blackberry and sandalwood palate, the 2015 Amista Zin from the Gene’s Block Vineyard captured our souring team at their first sip.
And this is a monster of a Zinfandel. From premier vines in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Saini Farm’s Gene’s Block Vineyard Zin is the top of its class. And this bottle hails from Robert Parker’s first ever #1 Zin Vintage.
So, ease into your happy place and take a sip of what our Sourcing Manager calls “the closest thing to Zin nirvana” he’s ever tasted.
Why we love it:
- Internationally known for the ancient tangled Zinfandel vines which mark the rolling landscape, Dry Creek Valley is a sight to behold. The 16-mile-long and 2-mile-wide swath of land is host to deep, well-drained soils of gravel and sandy loam. The details are in the dirt here and the stress pushes some of the oldest Zin vines in the country to produce sumptuous, expressive wines.
- The Saini Vineyard is a tale of partnership. Founded by Micele Saini in 1917, the property has passed through the family for 4 generations. Friends for over 20 years, Mike Saini and George Christie have kept the dream alive to grow perfect Zinfandel.
- Amista winemaker Ashley Herzberg selected Gene’s Block for her expression of Zinfandel for its grace under stress. The 2015 harvest pushed the vines to their limits after years of drought. But the vines planted to Gene’s block delivered a tiny crop of immaculate Zinfandel. And Amista grabbed their chance at it. And why wouldn’t they? 2015 was a bell ringing year for Zinfandel in Dry Creek, as Robert Parker himself noted with his first every #1 Zin vintage rating.
- Hand harvested, sorted, destemmed, and cold soaked, the Amista team cut no corners and took a long way around to ensure that they captured the beauty of this unique time and place. To frame the majesty of this powerhouse Zin, the wine aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months to frame the finished wine in a captivating spicy nuance.
Blackberry preserves and a touch of cherry pie start off on this wine. There are notes of black pepper and a touch of sandalwood on the nose. The palate is big and juicy and lingering flavors of strawberry go from start to finish on this wine. Juicy tannins are definitely present and are extremely well balanced with the fruit tones and a touch of acidity on the finish.
From the winery...
We dreamed of owning a vineyard and making wine since we first met in 1982. It took us over a decade before we'd plant our first vine, and another six years before we'd find this gorgeous vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley.
Along the way we learned a lot. Most importantly, that wine is a source of endless discovery and rich friendships. Join us in the pleasures of wine country living - good wine, good food and good friends.
~ Vicky and Mike Farrow
Uncork alongside pizza with caramelized onions, barbecued meats and smoked cheeses.