Collier Falls Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
Collier Falls Vineyard was originally planted with 8 acres (3.2 ha) of Zinfandel in 1982. When Barry and Susan Collier bought the Vineyard in 1991, they added a further 11 acres (4.5 ha) of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Primitivo and 7 acres (2.8 ha) of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The wines are lush and alcoholic and winemaker Mike Lancaster ages in both French and American oak to give the wines a distinctive Californian style. There are vintage variations and Zinfandel can easily be 15.5% of abv and their Primitivo is even higher with 16.5% which perhaps masks the fruit a little more than the Zinfandels. Nevertheless, there is a distinct rasiny fruit result with tastes of dried currants and nutmeg coming through. A late harvest Primitivo disappoints by being neither sweet enough or fruity enough and with its nuances of Earl Gray tea would be difficult to match with any food. (NB)
To find out more about Collier Falls and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)