Mark Lipton wrote:Otto,
If you have access to Ridge wines, the Lytton Springs bottling contains Dry Creek Valley Zin (along with 4-5 other grapes in the field blend). The spice and berries part is indeed DCV, but the oak is of course the winemaker's imprint. Low acidity and high alcohol is the current style for Zin, though the pendulum may be swinging back in the other direction. For some less offensive examples of DCV Zin, look to Dashe and Nalle (and Dry Creek Vineyards mayhap), none of which I expect will be found within 1000 km of Alko. If you can travel to Germany in late July, I will hand carry a bottle or two for you. Short of that, you'll have to wait for one of us to visit your fair land.