Sonoma County Zinfandel 2007

Wilson Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Tori Vineyard, Estate, Zinfandel 2007 The nose expresses sweetness, from the oak to the jammy fruit, with a dusting of black pepper. This then continues on the palate, with some structure to frame the black fruit flavors – ripe and delicious. Besides the Zin there is a bit of Petite Sirah – 2%. Winemaker Diane Wilson. Estate grown, produced and bottled in Healdsburg 15.4% available for $44 at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Wilson Winery

Rosenblum Cellars, Sonoma Valley, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Reserve Zinfandel 2007 There is quite a liqueur-like character to the nose with a hint of spirit. In the mouth it is all fruit, with a viscosity that enriches the experience and acidity that adds to the length – very nice. At 1200 feet elevation, Monte Rosso sits above the fog line, facing west from its spot on the southern end of the Mayacamas. The wine was aged in barrel for 14 months, 60% American, 30% French and 10% from another European country, 30% of the oak was new. Winemaker John Kane. P&B in Alameda 15.5% available for $45 at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Rosenblum

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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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