Oct 142012
2009 V. Sattui Winery Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 91

Sometimes yummy is the right descriptor and this Zin is yummy. A rich nose of cherry and strawberry jam is the first act followed by jammy flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and baking spice. Notes of espresso and soft tannins add a delicious finishing touch. Buy This Wine

Oct 142012
2009 V. Sattui Winery Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 92

Petite Sirah, in my opinion, never seems to get its due. This wine is a great example of Napa Valley Petite Sirah. A rich nose of blackberry pie with notes of smoke and leather. Jammy spicy flavors of cherry, blackberry and ripe plum along with hints of black pepper, smoke and minerality. The tannins are softer than many Petite Sirahs making it all the more approachable. Only 150 cases…Get it while you can. Buy This Wine

Aug 092012
2009 V. Sattui Winery Crow Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 92

A delicious go-big or go-home Zinfandel. A rich nose of ripe plum, pepper with smokey notes. Palate pleasing Zinfandel flavors of black fruit, blackberries, ripe raspberries and dark cherries enhanced with black pepper spice and hints of toasted oak vanilla. Very well integrated and supple tannins add complexity. Buy This Wine

May 092011

Spring is upon us and nature has provided another excuse to spend a day or a weekend in Wine Country. Napa Valley is so beautiful in the spring and summer that often we’d rather taste outdoors immersed in the vineyards and terrior while we enjoy a glass or two from the winery. There are any number of wineries offering outdoor wine tasting or drinking opportunities so I thought I’d share with a few of our favorites, V. Sattui, Mumm Napa and Alpha Omega Winery. So sit back and imagine an 85 degree cloudless day in Napa Valley and we’ll head out to spend a leisurely afternoon at three of our favorite spots. Continue reading »