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Perry Creek Vineyards

Perry Creek Vineyards Entrepreneur Michael Chazen was traveling from Beverly Hills to Nevada for a Rodeo when he found himself lost in the little town of Fair Play. Fair Play is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in El Dorado County. Michael was quite taken by the area’s charm and saw a “For Sale” sign on a piece of property and immediately called the real estate office. The realtor showed him a beautiful 155-acre estate and Perry Creek Vineyards was born. Founded in 1989, our winery, and surrounding vineyards encompass 155 acres of pure, rural beauty. Perry Creek Vineyards is now an established and leading producer in the newly designated Fair Play AVA. At an elevation of 2,400 feet, our winery and estate vineyard is located on a ridge-top above the middle fork of the Consumnes River. The town of Fair Play is approximately 12 miles North of Plymouth-Amador County. Some of our neighbors that you may be familiar with are Montevina, Renwood, Boeger, and Lava Cap. Rombauer, a well-known Napa winery has sourced fruit form El Dorado County as well. Our vineyard experiences warm, sun filled days and cool evenings with a constant breeze flowing from the valley below. Summer daytime temperatures compare to Oakville (in the center of Napa Valley) and we are cooler than St. Helena and Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. These conditions are ideal for the grapes and contribute to the intense and unique flavors of our wines. Our vineyard contains many nooks and crannies that create unique microclimates. We have 70 acres planted that are bearing fruit and our average yield is 3-4 tons per acre. We strive to match the “right grape with the right place.” When well matched this terroir provides an ideal location for ultra premium grapes. Currently, we produce several proprietary and vineyard-designate wines. Our signature wine is ZinMan® Zinfandel. We also produce several Rhone and Bordeaux varietals along with Muscat Canelli and Chardonnay.


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7400 Perry Creek Road, Somerset, CA, US, 95684 Email:
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Fax: 530-620-5367
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  2000 Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Bottled
Black currants with a touch of licorice and spice box highlight the aromas. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, hickory smoke and cassis, this wine has tremendous richness. Along with this richness is a fine spine of tannins and requisite structure in place to age and grow even better if set aside for a half dozen years.
  2000 Cellar Select Petite Sirah
Classic pepper and spice aromas with concentrated blackberry fruit and cassis. Bold flavors of briary fruit, American Oak and hints of black licorice. Full bodied with big, extracted flavors and tannins, its fun to drink now with roasted or grilled red meats, though a few years of bottle aging will reward the wine lover. GOLD MEDAL & BEST OF CLASS 2004 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  2001 Cellar Select Zinfandel, Spanish Creek Ranch
Scents of oak and dusty spice overlie those of ripe blackberries and cocoa. On the palate ripe berries and cherries mingle well with hazelnut spice and dark chocolate. The wine is firm with integral tannins and lingers with an oak-spiced finish.
  2001 Mourvedre, El Dorado
This a a Bistro-styled wine with lots of fruit and just a hint of tannin. Aromas and flavors of plums and cherries as well as herbs and rich spices. Serve this wine with grilled pork and soft polenta with a dash of parmesan
  2002 ZinMan™ Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills
Aromas of red raspberry, cherry fruit, violets and hints of Asian spice. Rich with velvety blackberry and sweet red fruits, lush mouth-filling flavors of spices and oak. With gorgeous fruit and tremendous depth, this will drink well for the next 5 years. GOLD MEDAL WINNER! New World Intl. Wine Competition 2005
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Bottled
Blackberries, plum fruit, cigar box and anise highlight the aromas. Sweet entry of bright raspberries with a streak of firming tannin. This wine exhibits flavors of nutmeg, licorice and black tea flavors.
  Cellar Select Chardonnay, El Dorado
Harmonious aromas of toasty French oak, citrus fruit, and caramel. Full-bodied flavors of ripe fruit and hazelnuts with balancing acidity and oak. A luscious feel in the mouth.
  Cellar Select Syrah, Estate Bottled
This wine exhibits notes of warm perfume and lilacs intermingled with bright blueberry fruit and white chocolate. Medium bodied with smooth tannins and forward ripe blackberry fruit flavors. Hints of black pepper, smoked meat, and sweet licorice complete this wine. Delicious to drink now and will continue to improve over the next 3-4 years. Winner of two Gold and three Silver Medals!
  Cellar Select Zinfandel, Bowman Vineyards
Notes of juicy blackberry and boysenberry fruit with nutmeg spice. Flavors of black raspberry, cigar box spiciness, and espresso roast. Good acidity, tremendous richness and ripe tannins complement this wine. Gold Medal Winner!
  Chardonnay, El Dorado
Bright tropical fruit with the creamy scent of coconut and vanilla bean enveloping the aromatic boquet. Layers of green apples and pear flavors combine with toasty french oak for a well balanced taste.
  Malbec, Estate Bottled
Aromas of bing cherries, chocolate, herbs and juniper berries. This wine exhibits flavors of ripe figs and plums, with lingering earthy notes. Softly textured with rounded tannins, a delicate palate.
  Merlot, Estate Bottled
Aromas of sweetened coffee and ripe black cherries. This wine speaks of deep cherry fruit, dark chocolate, cola and briar and is rich and full-bodied. Moderately high in tannin this wine will age well over the next 3-5 years.
  Mistelle Rouge
The Rouge has a smooth strawberry jam and cherry liqueur flavors. Fresh Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah juice is slightly fermented and fortified with double distilled Alambic Brandy. Great with a fine cigar after dinner! Poach a pear in this and have a stunning dessert
  Muscat Canelli, Estate Bottled
Honeyed-orange blossom nose with ripe tropical fruit -infused flavors supported by a vibrant structure. Bright acids keep the mouth clean and lively.
  Perry Creek Port
Our Port is a blend of 35% Port made from traditional Portuguese varieties and 65% Estate grown red varieties. The grapes from our vineyard are Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon. The port varieties are Touriga, Alvarelhao, Tinta Cao, Souzao and Tinta Roriz. This port is a blend of wines made from the 2000 and 2003 vintage. It is in a new 500ml bottle!
  Syrah, Estate Bottled
The aromas reveal a striking bouquet of plumy fruit, violets and jasmine blossoms. The palate offers fine ripeness and pure flavors of sweet red cassis, vanilla and raspberry fruit.
  Viognier, Estate Bottled, El Dorado
Honeysuckle, orange blossoms and peach highlight the aromas of our 2003 Viognier. Good underlying acidity with hints of lychee nuts and pears. Nicely textured with a long uplifting finish.
  ZinMan™ Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills
Aromas of red raspberry, cherry fruit, hints of Asian spice and violets. Rich with velvety blackberry and sweet red fruits, lush mouth-filling flavors of baking spices and oak. With gorgeous fruit and tremendous depth, this will drink well for the next 5 years.


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