Sonoma-Napa Trip Day 6


Tasted July 1, 2009 by OneLastSyrah with 680 views


On our last day, we just tooled around in the RRV and DCV.

Flight 1 - Twomey (7 notes)

Twomey bought the "old" Roshambo tasting room (and vineyards?).

2008 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc USA, California
High toned bright lime lemon and a touch of pepper on the nose. Maybe some passionfruit. Tangy. This was the first wine of the day and my toothpaste was interfering some. All around, I think it may have been just a touch to lean and severe for my tastes, but had potential. $25
2007 Twomey Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
Sweet strawberry nose. Translucent light appearance. Rich central coast pinot fruit -tangy strawberry. Pretty good. Not especially complex.
2007 Twomey Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Similar in appearance to the SB County bottling. Light appearance. Rich smelling with a touch of nutty oak. More tangy cranberry fruit. $50.
2007 Twomey Pinot Noir Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
Light appearance. Reticent nose touch of spice. Sweeter attack than the other Pinots but quickly turns tangy red fruit. $50.
2007 Twomey Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Richer smelling than the first three and somewhat deeper in color. More fruit spice and earth. Sweeter red cherry berry fruit. Pretty nice. My favorite of the '07 Twomey Pinots.
2007 Twomey Syrah USA, California, Napa Valley
Saturated translucent dark garnet. Touch of stonefruit on the nose. Jam. Soft attack with plummy plush fruit. Drink now, good value at $25. A fresh bottle showed some yeasty notes on the nose. This is apparently a one-time-only bottling of Syrah for Twomey.
2005 Twomey Merlot Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
Saturated black garnet translucent. Touch of mocha. Medium-bodied and soft. Bit fading. Okay. A second fresh bottle showed brighter fruit and more mocha along with a bit more tannin.

Flight 2 - Rued (7 notes)

2007 Rued Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
13.5% ABV. Tangy lemon nose. Big TWANG on the palate. White lemon fruit. Bit unbalanced for my tastes. $16
2007 Rued Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
14.5% ABV. Very pale, almost clear appearance. Light nose of white fruit. Medium bodied. White fruit. Low oak. Pretty tasty for $18.
2006 Rued Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Tangy black cherry nose. Touch of toasty oak. Rich black cherry palate. Medium-full bodied. Pretty tasty. Bit of oak in the finish. Not a bad RRV Pinot for $35.
2004 Rued Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
15.8% ABV. Peppery and a touch dusty on the nose. medium-full bodied. Bit hot in the finish. Ok.
2005 Rued Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
15.8% ABV. Richer smelling than the 2004 with more zinberry spice. Sweeter black fruit palate. Touch of residual sugar. Pretty good if you don't mind the RS. $25.
2006 Rued Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
14.9% ABV. Similar nose to the 2005 with some spices. Light red berry fruit. Tangy attack and not much finish. Not great. $25
2005 Rued Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
15.4% ABV. Slightly dusty nose of olive and currant. Full bodied black currant fruit on the palate. Ok. A bit rustic. $45.

Flight 3 - Unti (9 notes)

Alex was our host at Unti. They continue to explore possibilities with Italian and Rhone varietals and are making some interesting wines. Sometimes they are a bit rustic. We were cooking some Italian the other night and I found myself wishing we had the Unti Barbera or the Montelpuciano on hand, as they might have been good pairings on a hot Texas night.

2008 Unti Vineyards Rosé USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
The fruit for this rose was 80% grenache and 20% Mourvedre. The appearance is extremely light. Very pale, almost looks like white wine. Very light strawberry presence, almost as an after thought. The palate shows some sweetness, either through alcohol or some kind of sweet ethereal fruit. Interesting, but not exactly what I reach for in Rose. Others like this more than I.
2007 Unti Vineyards Barbera USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Saturated dark garnet with a little translucence. Smells berry-like. Touch of pencil lead oak (this apparently saw 25% new French oak). Pleasant grapey berry turning lemony in the finish. Pleasant/interesting. Someone remarked this makes a fairly good warm weather red. Interesting, not sure exactly on what occasion I would pull this from the cellar - maybe a good pizza wine.
2006 Unti Vineyards Grenache USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
77% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre. Fairly deep color with touch of violet at the rim. Translucent. The nose reminds me of CDP somewhat. Cherry chalk. Medium-full bodied. Peppery. A bit unbalanced and rustic, but okay. $30.
2006 Unti Vineyards Zinfandel USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
14.5% ABV. Saturated color. Dark fruit nose. Smells a little tannic. Subdued, touch meaty. Okay, but not really my style of Zin.
2007 Unti Vineyards Sangiovese USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Grapey hay slightly dry cherry nose. Touch of late chewy tannin. More dry cherry on the palate. Not bad. I'm not a big fan of California Sangiovese, but this is pretty interesting, but a little bit expensive maybe for what it is. $35.
2007 Unti Vineyards Montepulciano USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Good deep color. Touch of higher toned grapey flavors on the nose. Little bit of olive. Medium-bodied pleasant black fruit. Relatively low tannin. Interesting. Unti made about 100 cases of this.
2005 Unti Vineyards Syrah USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
4% Grenache. Deeply colored, almost opaque. high toned lemon dark fruit nose with a suggestion of green. Full bodied black fruit on the palate turning slightly acidic with some olive in the finish. Just okay. $26.
2005 Unti Vineyards Syrah Benchland USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
This is produced better draining soils on the benchland east of the winery. Durrell clone, planted in 1991. 40% new French oak. More polished than the regular syrah with chewy black fruit on the palate. Seems like a warmer climate Syrah. Chewy.
2006 Unti Vineyards Petite Sirah USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
This was opened yesterday. Inky opaque. Sweet blackberry fruit with seeds on the nose. Rich sweet black fruit with a touch of sweet lemon drop acidity. This is a really teethstainer.

Flight 4 - Lambert Bridge (5 notes)

We picked up sandwiches at the DCV general store and had a picnic at Lambert Bridge with a bottle of their Viognier. Nice folks at Lambert Bridge. They are striving to make French styled wines, and I guess I have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder about that, because if I want something French, I'll buy a French wine. Needless to say, their wines were all well made and polished, but restrained and a little boring.

2007 Lambert Bridge Viognier USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Fairly crisp style of Viognier with light apricot fruit and moderate acidity. Okay.
2007 Lambert Bridge Zinfandel Maple Vineyards USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
14% ABV. 10 mos in French oak. Translucent ruby. Suggestion of maple in the nose. Tangy cherry fruit. Little raspberry. Okay. This is pretty boring Zin for $50.
2006 Lambert Bridge Petite Sirah Winery Ranch Block USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Not quite inky, but dark. Bright raspbery colored edge. Subdued nose with a touch of toasty oak. Rich sweet attack. Medium full bodied. Decidedly on the elegant side of Petite Sirah, but I wonder if the grape has lost something - a certain amount of its self expression - as a result. $45.
2006 Lambert Bridge Cabernet Franc USA, California, Sonoma County
77% Cab Franc, 7% Cab, the balance Merlot and Petite Verdot. 20 mos in French oak. Light leafy aroma. Medium-bodied red currant and red berry fruit. Not really my style - a little ordinary.
2005 Lambert Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Sonoma County
98% Cab, 24 mos French oak, 18 mos bottle aging. 14.4% ABV. Saturated translucent garnet. Bright red currant nose. Touch of cedar and wax. Medium-bodied, somewhat elegant red berry fruit. Light rather open. Slightly drying tannin late.

Flight 5 - Dinner at Zazu (1 note)

This was our first visit to Zazu, and I think we would definitely go back. It was a great place to take along our 9mo old son and still dine well. In addition to the Alban below, we tasted another Grey Stack '08 SB and a Breggo Gewurztraminer. Both good, the Breggo being a little bit too sweet for me, but with nice aromatics.

2005 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
95 points
At Zazu with dinner. Frankly awesome stuff. Complex nose of superripe olive tapenade eucalyptus, apricot. Ripe concentrated and drinking darn well now. Dense black and red fruit. This is a contender for WOTT (Wine of the Trip).
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