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2012 Zinfandel

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Appellation: Dry Creek Valley AVA

By: Optima Winery

In: Healdsburg, CA

750mL / 14.9% ABV

Winestyr Review

This is a quintessential Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. This rich, robust, fuller-bodied wine has great structure for a Zinfandel. Intense flavors of dark berry, cola, leather, and cocoa make this a great choice to drink on a cool evening or by the fire. The finish goes on and on and on. This is a great value in Dry Creek Zin. Aged for 12 months in French and American Oak. 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah.

What We Love

  • Intense, layered flavors
  • Bold and robust
  • Great value

This is a great red wine to drink on a cool evening, with grilled meats, or simply sitting by the fire.


Optima is a small production winery making powerful wines.


The story of how the founder of Optima Winery won over his wife is too good of a story not to tell. Mike Duffy had been making amazing Optima wines since 1984, but didn't meet his eventual wife until 2000 when he picked Nicol's son to play for a traveling soccer team that he coached. One night, after getting to know each other, Nicol invited Mike to dinner and pulled out a bottle of Optima Russian River Chardonnay. Mike promptly explained to her that Optima was his winery and he made that wine. After hearing that, she knew she had to marry him, so in 2001 Mike and Nicol got married at a winery in Healdsburg. Now THAT is the power of craft wine!

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