In 1987, Deux Amis produced their inaugural vintage of 100 cases of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Two decades later, owners Phyllis Zouzounis and Jim Penpraze have increased production to 1,500 cases, but still handcraft each bottle. In addition to Dry Creek Valley fruit, they also source grapes from the neighboring Alexander Valley.
Zouzounis and Penpraze are true adherents of the Zinfandel grape and appreciate its long history in California Wine Country, especially in Sonoma County. They blend a bit of Petite Sirah from Alexander Valley’s Vyborny Vineyard with some their Zins to fill out the flavor profile. Deux Amis also made a small amount of 100% varietal Petite Sirah in 2003.
The 2003 Deux Amis Rued Vineyards Zinfandel is also a 100% varietal wine. The grapes were grown in Dry Creek Valley and allowed to hang until October 20th. This wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 20 months. 165 cases were produced.
The winery also makes the 2003 Dry Creek Valley Shadick Vineyard Zinfandel (100% Zin), 2003 Dry Creek Valley Halling Vineyard Zinfandel (100% Zin), and 2003 Sonoma County Zinfandel (85% Zin and 15% Petite Sirah).