New World Rhone

Pirramimma McLaren Vale Old Bush Vine Grenache 2003
The last two tastings of this wine earlier in 2007 showed the fruit of Grenache with ever-integrating oak. Again tonight it is supple and the raisiny fruit is surounded by acidity and still kissed by oak. This is sourced from the oldest vineyard on the estate, dry farmed and planted in 1944. Winemaker Geoff Johnston GP&B in McLaren Vale 14% $17.99 at Bottle Barn and $22.50 at Traverso’s Pirramimma

Trentadue Sonoma County Alexander Valley Cote del Leone 2005
Fruity for sure in a tannic structure. Sourced from mostly Rhonish grapes except for the Zin, but why not? 60% Petite Sirah, 18% Syrah, 16% Zinfandel and 6% Carignane. Winemaker Miro Tcholakov, P&B in Geyserville 14.8% $16.99 at Bottle Barn Trentadue

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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