Friday, September 23, 2011
Four Russian River Valley Tasting Rooms
On a warm top-down day I made four stops at some favorite wineries in the Russian River Valley appellation. Listed are the wines I purchased from each. All of these wineries are small operations--the best kind! The wineries in this area tend to specialize in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel.
2006 Russian River Valley Zinfandel ($34). Soft, fruity, acidic, lighter bodied. Will definitely stand up to food. I would generalize their wines as somewhat elegant with an acid backbone not usually found in CA wines.
2007 Russian River Valley, Olivet Lane Estate Reserve Pinot Noir ($45). The $20 Russian River Pinot was good for the price. This one was exceptional. They also had a nice Cabernet and Cab blend.
2009 Russian River Valley, Dutton Ranch / Stoetz Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel ($30). Young and chock full of flavors, complexity and potential.
2007 Sonoma County, Cuvee 22 Syrah ($55). The best of the three Syrahs I tried though all were good. Rich, complex and easy drinking. They make many small lot wines under several labels.