Anne Giere focuses on single vineyard Zinfandels produced in the Dry Creek Valley AVA (Dry Creek is just northwest of Healdsburg, California and is considered the birthplace of California Zinfandel). Anne and her late husband Tim, a local activist and self-taught winemaker, started growing grapes in 1989, opened Sapphire Hill Vineyards in 1997, then sold Sapphire Hill and opened Gordian Knot in 2010. Three generations of the family continue to create wines collectively and deliver beautiful expressions of Zinfandel sourced from its California birthplace.
The 2015 vintage of The Buzz is sourced from the Seaton Vineyard within Dry Creek Valley. The block of vineyards is 70 years old, the oldest within the vineyard. Older vines tend to have deeper roots, enabling the vine to gain more access to water and nutrients, though they tend to produce lower yields of fruit. The vines used here are no exception: head-trained and dry-farmed, the fruit fights for every bit of the necessary components to create aroma and flavor, resulting in intense, concentrated grapes and a complex, powerful wine. The nose has aromas of juicy black fruit, baking spices, and coconut. The flavors continue on to the palate, where strong, yet ripe tannins from both the grapes and 10 months spent in oak barrels, give structure to this Old Vine Zinfandel. This is a great food pairing wine and will play nicely with anything from grilled meats to a pasta with a rich, savory sauce, such as Puttanesca.