"A Valley of Top Zinfandels" - Wall Street Journal, 2001

Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal
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A Valley of Top Zinfandels
by Eric Asimov

Throughout the wine-producing world, California almost alone grows zinfandel. While it flourishes all over the state, many of the most distinctive zinfandels come from the Dry Creek Valley, which carves a narrow swath near Healdsburg and Geyserville in northern Sonoma County.

For years, zinfandels have been known as big wines, full of exuberant flavors and with alcohol levels topping 15 percent, but these days the hallmark of Dry Creek zins in balance, with restrained berry flavors. You can easily find youthful zins that good-naturedly trumpet themselves. These take a more subdued approach, proving that zins don't have to shout to be heard.

Nalle 1998 - Smooth and compact; not a showy wine, but winning.