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2016 Zanon Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Now Released

-Two new varietals now released - 2016 Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley and 2016 Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley-

Available only in Ohio, these Sonoma County (CA) wines have deep Columbus (OH) roots.

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Wine Review: 2016 Zanon Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel (PDF)

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Zanon Zinfandel is the creation and vision of Columbus, Ohio resident Scott Zanon, who spent 16 years in the wine industry. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1983 with a BS in Agriculture (Agronomy and Horticulture), Scott began by working in the retail side of the business for two years. The first year was spent at Globetrotter Wine & Cheese and the second with Beer and Wine Beverage Center where he was the manager. Both were located in Columbus.

In 1985, Scott was offered a sales position in the wholesale side of the business with American Beverage, a division of Litter Beverage Company. After a very successful year stint, he was approached and hired by Bauer & Foss, Inc. and spent the next 14+ years there. The first year he was involved with starting the ProVin subsidiary wine company and in the second year, progressed to the supermarket side as Bauer & Foss was just getting involved in that aspect of the business.

For the next 10+ years, he was the buyer for all wines coming from the West Coast including California, Oregon, and Washington plus still called on eighteen high profile retail and restaurant establishments. It was also during this time that Scott established the “Microbrewery” division for the company and secured for the State of Ohio such iconic brands like Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Saranac, Dock Street, Portland, Olde Heurich, Celis, Chicago, and New Amsterdam.

During this time period, he was able to travel a bit to California and established relationships with many wineries and growers that he still maintains today. The Zinfandel grape and the wine it produces has always been a favorite. The style back then was a food wine that was medium-bodied and balanced compared to the many hedonistic high alcohol, fruit bombs that are produced today.

Scott left Bauer & Foss in early 2000 and started his own successful business – LifeServers, Inc., an authorized national distributor for both Cardiac Science and Physio-Control AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). He sold the business at the end of 2017. In 2009, he also wrote a book on trees and its revised version Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest – A Guide for Residential & Commercial Properties was released by publisher Ohio University Press in July of 2014 and was awarded the 2015 GWA Winner of the Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association.

Still when Scott visited wine country (Sonoma and Napa) there was a tug. The passion has never left him entirely and he decided to ask friends who own a Sonoma County winery that was started in 1927 if they ever had any extra grapes and/or wine, specifically Zinfandel. With a last name of Zanon, was there really a choice?

2011 was the first vintage with 400 cases produced and all for the State of Ohio. The wine was introduced in February of 2014. You will notice the Dry Creek appellation prominently displayed on the front label. In his eyes, Dry Creek Valley is the best spot in the world to grow Zinfandel…period. The 2013 bottling debuts the words “Old Vine” on the front label as the vineyard source is 40+ years old. The newly released 2016 vintage represents the fifth vintage and production continues at around 400 cases.

Two new wines are being offered – 2016 Zanon Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley and 2016 Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley. Sangiovese is the base grape of Italian Chianti and the Petite Sirah has always been blended into the Zanon Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine. Four barrels of each wine was produced yielding about 100 cases. These wines are very limited and are also only available in Ohio.

The wines are delicious and have real cork closures. We hope you search the wines out and enjoy its elegant style! Enjoy these very special Dry Creek Valley wines with friends, family, and food but do so responsibly.

2016 Fact Sheet

2016 Zanon Zinfandel Old Vine

Dry Creek Valley

“The way Zinfandel should taste.”™

Zanon Zinfandel - The way Zinfandel should taste.

-Vineyard Sources-

 The Zinfandel vineyards are located on the hillsides in the scenic and bucolic setting of the historic Dry Creek Valley. This region has long been considered the Mecca for great Zinfandel. The vines are head-pruned and hand-picked from old vine vineyards. 

-Technical Information-

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

 Aging: 12 months in neutral American Oak 

Alcohol: 14.0%


 The 2016 growing season was blessed with warm weather and mild temperatures allowing the grapes to reach full ripeness with balanced acids. Harvested the first three weeks of September, the grapes exhibited exceptional color, flavor, and tannins. Temperature controlled fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks with daily pumpovers to extract color and flavor from the skins. The wine was then aged in small neutral American oak barrels for 12 months. 

-Tasting Notes-

 Zanon Zinfandel is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zin. The wine exudes typical blackberry and raspberry aromas along with a dash of black pepper and warm baking spice. A long elegant finish is framed by a kiss of vanilla oak. The blend is 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah which adds color and structure. Enjoy this cork finished Zinfandel now or cellar for 2-4 years. 






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