Our Vineyard

Pioneer woman winemaker, Phyllis Zouzounis came to Raymond Burr Vineyards at the beginning of the 2006 grape harvest. The terraced hillside, along with the soil and temperatures of the Raymond Burr benchland estate enticed Phyllis to this special spot.

Phyllis is not new to the Dry Creek Valley. She began her winemaking career working at Dry Creek Vineyard in 1980. After 15 years of experience there she moved on as winemaker and general manager of another Dry Creek winery just down the road, Mazzocco Vineyards. In 1987 Phyllis and her partner, Jim Penpraze, started their own Dry Creek winery, Deux Amis, making award winning Zinfandels.

Zouzounis believes grapes grown in the Dry Creek Valley can produce high quality wines.The 100% estate grown vineyards at Raymond Burr offer her the challenge to produce great Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and rich, fruity Chardonnay. "Great wine starts in the vineyard with quality grapes. The Raymond Burr vineyard is a good example of this," she will tell you. "Because it is an estate vineyard winery, this allows Raymond Burr Vineyards to create and preserve the quality in the vineyard first and then follow through to the finished wine."

Phyllis Zouzounis is a great believer in balance. "My focus is balance. Balance of the vine, balance of the fruit and balance in the wine."

2009 Chardonnay.....$28/bottle, $336/case
"This silver Chardonnay has a crisp floral citrusy nose with a rich creamy mouth feel. combined with toasty flavors and a long finish. Full bodied and well balanced, it will continue to develop in the bottle." Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker
GOLD MEDAL San Diego International Wine Competition 2011

2008 Chardonnay.....$28/bottle, $336/case
"Green apple, bright floral combination. Attractive baked apple aroma with a note of toasted oak. Full body with a creamy mouth feel. Well balanced finish and a pleasant after-taste." Only 416 cases produced. It was 100% barrel fermented, with 100% malolactic fermentation.
GOLD MEDAL Orange County Wine Competition 2010

2008 Cabernet Franc.....$38/bottle, $456/case
"Richly layered with touches of cedar and espresso, this wine has complex dried berry flavors and a hint of smokey cinnamon from our hillside bench terroir. Less than 451 cases were produced." Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker.
GOLD MEDAL San Diego International Wine Competition 2011

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.....$38/bottle, $456/case
"Rich in layers of red fruit, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a great nose of bing cherries, licorice and cassis. It has complex cherry flavors with a hint of dusty overtones from the Dry Creek Valley hillside terroir. Bright fruit, great balance and a long, lingering finish." Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.....$38/bottle, $456/case
"Rich fruit flavors with velvety texture. Beautiful nose of blackberry and cassis. A touch of black cherry, with nuances of chocolate and blueberry. Concentrated fruit with a hint of dusty, earthy overtones from the Dry Creek Valley terroir. Good structure, nice tannins, long finish." Phyllis Zouzounis, Winemaker.

2009 Estate Port.....$48/bottle, $576/case
This Port wine was produced from our own estate grown Portuguese varieties, Tinta Cao, Tinta Madeira and Touriga Nacional, fortified with Germain- Robin brandy and aged in French oak barrels. Tasting this Port rewards the senses with layers of rich flavors and enticing aromas. This wine has a long complex finish that lingers on the palate. Because of it's perfect balance, it will age extremely well for many years.