by Fred McMillin
for March 19, 1998
A Sizzling Start
Explosions of fire and ash millions of years ago created a unique Dry Creek red soil that varies from maroon to bright rose. Its greatest concentration is on the upper, western slope of the Dry Creek Valley, the home of Pezzi King Vineyards. Our 1994 is our first release of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on this unusual soil in our estate vineyard.
...Letter from the winery's Marketing Director, Tom Rozner
That soil is Cabernet friendly. It is low in nutrients, which tends to create intense flavors in the low yield of grapes. It is loose, which lets the roots penetrate deeply and the soil to drain well, that makes for healthy vines. There are 25 acres of those Cab vines which produced 5,200 cases of a rich, black-cherry wine, that charmed my tasters. We all are looking forward to the 1995 vintage, which was released recently.
1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek is known for its Zinfandels. Recently the Dry Creek folks held their annual Zin taste off and first place by a wide margin went to the Pezzi King 1995. Clearly, P.K. is a winery to watch. Note—For much more about this new winery, see the August 22, 1997 WineDay titled "The New King on the Block."
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