Forchini Vineyards & Winery, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPapa NonnoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County 2003 ($17/provided as a sample) – A blend inspired by Super Tuscans, but made from 58% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Carignane, and 4% mixed white varietals fermented together in the classic “field blend” method. Medium ruby in color with black cherry and vanilla aromas; juicy blackberry and plum fruit with some spice, a bit of earth and moderate tannins. A very good wine that is more an old vines Zin than an old world blend. Score: 8.5/10
Thanks to Alan Baker, a.k.a. The Cellar Rat for bringing this sample from the winery to me at the podcast expo.