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Hendry HRW 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel


Name of wine: Hendry HRW 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel

(100% Zinfandel, Napa Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 14.9%

Grapes come from the Hendry estate 750 cases

Price paid:  $25 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I would buy this again.  Hendry is a small producer in Napa and they know their zin.  Ageworthy too.  Not as sweet fruit as the 2007 I tasted previously.  Tasted October 3, 2012.

Color:  Deep ruby and day-bright.

Nose:  Fragrant and powerful.  Jammy fruit.  Floral notes.  And green olives (picholine).

Palate:  Light bodied.  Medium tannins.  Medium acidity.  The fruit is silky jam.  Off-dry and a medium finish.  Medium+ alcohol.  Some earthiness too.

Food:  I enjoyed this one with pizza margherita from Pizzeria Delfina!

Winemaker notes:

From the Hendry Wines website.:

The production is generally small. This wine is a blend of the barrels that were not included in the Block 7&22 Zinfandel or Block 28 Zinfandel.
The alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately ten days in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. When the wine was fermented completely dry, it was pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Aging was twelve months in French oak barrels of which approximately 10% were new, with the remaining barrels 1, 2 and 3 year old barrels from our zinfandel program.

The Napa Valley AVA is located in Napa County, California.  Even though it is best known for its cabernet sauvignon, there are some interesting zinfandel grown and produced here.

Would you try a Napa zin?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley


Name of wine: Unti 2009 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

(84% Zinfandel/10% Petit Syrah/6%Barbera, Dry Creek Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 14.8%

Grown, produced and bottled by Unti Vineyards, Healdsburg, California 1275 cases

Price paid:  $26 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Wines only need to be 75% of any 1 varietal in the US to be labelled as such.  This one is labelled “Zinfandel”, but it tastes more like an interesting red blend.  The Petit Syrah and Barbera add to the complexity here.  I recommend aeration or decanting to soften the edges a bit right now.  Tasted October 2, 2012.

Color:  Day-bright garnet, looks to be filtered

Nose:  Big berry fruit nose.  Floral perfume.  Has a high note with dried blueberries on the back end.

Palate:  Firm tannins.  It is the consistency of skim milk.  Off-dry fruit.  Medium alcohol.  Medium finish.  Medium complexity.

Food:  Pair this one with a hard cheese.  Something French or Italian?  Pair this with food that can stand up to the acidity in this wine as well.

Winemaker notes:

From the Unti Vineyards website.:

VARIETAL & VINEYARD:  This Zinfandel comes primarily from our Primitivo-clone vineyard, planted next to the winery.

Vintage/Harvest:  2009 is one of, if not the best Zinfandel vintages we have ever experienced in Dry Creek. In 2009, we had warm and dry weather in late winter and spring, followed by a cooler than normal summer. All of which resulted in moderate canopy growth and a balanced fruit set, with smaller berries and clusters.  If we could order Zin weather, this would be it.

The Dry Creek Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This is serious zinfandel country and has about 9000 acres planted.

Have you visited Dry Creek Valley?  Great zins here.

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


Name of wine: Copain 2011 Rose Wine “Tous Ensemble” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

(100% Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley AVA, California) Alcohol 13.2%

Produced and botled by Copain Wines, Healdsburg, California

Price paid:  $23 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Copain Winery, Healdsburg, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This bottle was a wonderful gift from friends that took us wine tasting in Sonoma recently!  Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  This was tasted on Day 1 of a classic San Francisco 3-day 80 degree heatwave during Indian Summer.  Classic!  I’ll take it.  A refreshing rose. Tasted September 30th, 2012.

Color:  Cantaloupe orange color.  Light and clear.

Nose:  An earthy minerality with black olive essence.

Palate:  Firm tannins, tight, and slightly oily mouthfeel.  Light acidity.  Citrus notes.  A medium finish.  Strawberry hard candy – tart without the sweetness.

Food:  You could absolutely enjoy this one with friends on its own.

Winemaker notes:

From the Copain Wines website.:

About the winemaker

Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France’s Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best. For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier in France’s Rhone Valley. During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life. At Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him. He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.

The Anderson Valley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  The vineyards ae located about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and known for their Pinots and sparkling wines..

Anderson Valley pinots are not to be missed!  Which Anderson Valley wines have you tried so far?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com