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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Sonoma County - Dry Creek Valley|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Biodynamic|
In the 16th to 18th centuries, the area we know as Sonoma County appeared on European maps as a mythical kingdom called "Quivira", whose streets were said to be paved with gold. The legend faded but the treasure endures: today, the region's "gold" is the acres of grapevines that thrive here. Named in honor of the mythical realm, this small, family-owned winery comprises four distinct vineyards in the Dry Creek appellation and produces 100 percent estate-bottled zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and several Rhône varietals. Owners Pete and Terri Kight believe a holistic, sustainable approach to farming leads to the most vibrant, flavorful fruit, and so Quivira has been a Demeter certified biodynamic and organic estate since 2005. Its facilities are further enhanced by a solar-powered winery and a restored salmon and trout-spawning creek. In crafting Quivira wines, techniques such as native yeast fermentation, large oak foudres, basket press and barrel-to-barrel racking are employed. Anderson Ranch is located on the venerable Lytton Springs corridor, one of Dry Creek Valley’s premier zinfandel microclimates. Situated on elevated benchland, and planted in well-drained sandy soils, this vineyard delivers an elegant, refined zinfandel, in contrast to many other zinfandel bottlings. The nose displays a spectrum of high-toned red fruit that is joined on the palate by darker elements of crushed mixed berries and subtle accents of cocoa, black pepper, toasty oak, and musky floral notes. Fruit and spice flavors fan out on the palate accompanied by crisp acidity and finely grained youthful tannins. The finish is clean and long, never heavy, with bright lingering flavors. Certified Biodynamic.