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Deux Amis Winery

Deux Amis Winery Deux Amis { duh zah me }, French for "two friends", is a partnership between two friends, Phyllis Zouzounis and Jim Penpraze. Six years of working together in the wine industry with many a late night relaxing over a glass of Zinfandel after a long day on the crush pad, found the two friends envisioning their own winery. The dream became a reality with the 1987 harvest. That year, Deux Amis produced one hundred cases of Zinfandel from one vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. Today, Jim and Phyllis produce over 1500 cases of wine from grapes grown in Sonoma County's Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. Deux Amis specialized in producing outstanding Zinfandels. It is the varietal that comes with the stamp of Sonoma County firmly imprinted upon it. A small amount of Petite Sirah is blended into Deux Amis Zinfandel for added depth and complexity. Jim and Phyllis have always believed that fine wines are made in the vineyard. Grapes are purchased from small, carefully selected vineyards in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys and are used to produce the Sonoma County Zinfandel. Because one of these vineyards consistently produces such luscious Zinfandel, in 1995 Deux Amis began producing the vineyard designated Rued Vineyard Zinfandel. Also in 1995, Deux Amis added Petite Sirah to its bottle offerings. The fruit comes from the Vyborny Vineyard in Alexander Valley. The positive responses of those who sampled this delicious wine from the barrel convinced us to bottle a small amount of Petite Sirah separately. Harvesting generally commences in September and runs through October. Once the grapes are received at the winery they are crushed into open topped fermenters that hold from one-half to five tons. During fermentation the grapes are punched down three times daily for optimum flavor and color extraction. Following a 7-10 day fermentation, the wine is pressed into stainless steel tanks where it is allowed to briefly settle before being racked into small oak barrels. The Sonoma County Zinfandel ages for one year in barrels with periodic rackings that help clarify and develop the wine. The Rued Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are barrel aged for 16-18 months. After bottling the wines are allowed to age in the bottle for several months before they are released.


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1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Email:
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  Petite Sirah Vyborny Vineyard Alexander Valley
Intoxicating aromas of ripe rich blackberries with a hint of spice and oak lead to a smooth full mouthfeel. Juicy flavors of vine-ripened blackberries and plums mingle with cedar and cocoa in this velvety wine. Robust and concentrated from the first sip to the lingering finish, this Petite Sirah would be an ideal match with a thick grilled steak or a hearty stroganoff or stew followed by a decadent chocolate dessert.
  Rued Zinfandel
Very Highly Recommended... First Place, 90 points, California Grapevine. GOLD MEDAL 2004 San Diego National Wine Competition. GOLD MEDAL 2004 North of the Gate Wine Competition. Deep aromas of rich raspberry mingle with sweet vanilla and white pepper, tempting you into that first sip. Amidst the concentration of flavors lies a graceful blend of fruit and finesse. Incredible richness and depth reveal flavors of ripe raspberries, juicy dark cherries, luscious plums, black pepper with a sprinkling of dark cocoa. These flavors are layered among a structure of oak and tannins, giving this wine excellent aging potential if only you can resist drinking it now.
  Zinfandel Belle Canyon Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
Our 2002 Belle Canyon Zinfandel offers a solid structure with a fruit-driven core and a luscious texture. Bright enticing aromas of fresh raspberries and cherries mingle with vanilla and white pepper. The aromas are mirrored in the flavors of lush vanillin, cherries and ripe blackberries blended with a hint of mocha and baking spices. A lingering finish of raspberries and black pepper completes this delicious wine.
  Zinfandel Halling Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
The fruit from the Halling Vineyard on West Dry Creek Road bursts onto the scene with flavors blazing. The velvety burgundy hue speaks to the rich smoothness of this wine. Aromas of ripe cherries and creamy vanillin oak lead you to deep concentrated jammy flavors of dark cherries and juicy plums blended with baking spices, silky caramel and a touch of cocoa. Intense yet accessible, this wine is an exciting addition to the lineup of Deux Amis Zins.
  Zinfandel Sonoma County
This Zin greets you with its rich berry and vanilla aromas enticing you to take your first sip. Smooth yet robust, the wine fills your palate with layers of flavors-blackberry, cherry, raspberry and plum mingle with toasty oak and hints of licorice and black pepper. Well-balanced with a lasting finish, our 2002 Sonoma County Zinfandel is a wine to be enjoyed by itself or with a meal. Either way, this Zin won't disappoint you.


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