Sun 6 Mar 2011
Here are two very attractive selections from the roster of Windsor Sonoma. Winemaker is Marco DiGiulio. Samples for review.
The Windsor Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Russian River Valley, is a solid middle-of-the-road style sauvignon blanc, and that’s a good thing. It doesn’t slap you in the face with excessive grapefruit/pea shoot qualities, though it possesses a modicum of each, nor is it so stony, minerally and austere that it sucks your breath out, though it offers, indeed, just the right amount of stoniness and limestone-like minerality. Aromas of tangerine, roasted lemon and a bit of melon cosy up to a bit of the grapefruit-pea shoot-lime peel element, all of which draw you in, quite prettily, to flavors of lime and nectarine bolstered by touches of dried thyme and tarragon, scintillating acidity — the wine was made in stainless steel — and a finish nicely balanced between spice and stones. Thoroughly enjoyable. 13.9 percent alcohol. Production was 750 cases. Drink through 2011 with delicate fish and seafood dishes or as an aperitif. Very Good+. About $15.
We drank the Windsor Sonoma Zinfandel 2008, Dry Creek Valley, with pizza last night. The wine contains four percent petite sirah grapes and ages 15 months in French oak barrels, 25 percent of which were new. The color is a bright medium ruby red; the bouquet wafts scents of ripe black currants and raspberries and a bit of slightly roasted plums at your grateful olfactory nerves, gradually bringing in hints of orange Pekoe tea and fruit cake, with the range of dried fruit and spices implied by those elements, though there’s nothing raisiny here. Black and blue fruit flavors are deeply imbued with baking spice — cloves and allspice — and smooth, lightly oaked tannins that provide a firm but not aggressive structure; graphite-like minerality, along with touches of lavender and licorice, stir in the depths. A model of a non-blockbuster zinfandel, though the alcohol content may be 14.9 percent, according to the bottle, or 15.4 percent, according to the winery website. In any case, the wine is not hot or over-ripe. 807 cases were produced. Drink through 2012 with braised meat dishes, hearty pastas and pizzas or burgers and steaks. Excellent. About $22.