Gold Medal Winner
- 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Being located in the heart of Sonoma County, we are lucky to get the inside scoop on each vintage as it happens. Although the 2009 harvest was frenzied as always, as soon as it ended winemakers started talking about the potential for 2009 to be a classic year. While it may not be quite on the level of the epic 2007 vintage, as the wines have matured the 2009s have proven to be nearly as good, and perhaps even better for early drinking. After what feels like a long wait, 2009 red wines are starting to cross our desk more frequently, and we couldn’t be happier to see them. And what better way to get warmed up to the 2009 vintage than with our old friend Muscardini Cellars, and their Zinfandel sourced from the legendary Monte Rosso Vineyard in the Mayacamas Mountains?
The 2009 Muscardini Monte Rosso Zinfandel is sourced from the red, iron rich soils of the Monte Rosso vineyard high above Sonoma Valley. Medium ruby in color with a purple tinge, the nose is loaded with blue and black berry aromas, along with hints of briar and black olive. The palate is surprisingly elegant for Zinfandel, reflecting the slightly cooler yet sunny vintage, with cherry, blackberry, plum, anise and vanilla flavors. Good acid lengthens the fruit through a long finish. Medium bodied, and with fresh, as opposed to over-ripe, fruit flavors, this is an easy Zin to pair with food, so try something different and pair this classic American wine with a classic American meatloaf, or play it safe and stick to barbecue. Either way, don’t miss out on this one!
Cases Produced: 314
Harvested: September 29, 2009
Bottled: September 2, 2010
Let’s start in Italy, 1892, when Michael Muscardini's grandfather, Emilio Alchera, was born in the village of Calliano, just outside of the city of Asti in the Piemonte region. Emilio came to America in 1909 via Ellis Island in New York. After heading to the West Coast by train to meet his two brothers, Antonio and Louis, he settled in San Francisco.
Emilio began his living in California by helping to dig the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects the East Bay to Contra Costa County. After saving his money, he began to buy and run corner grocery stores where he sold fine bulk wines, and in his spare time made a red table wine for the family. His business would eventually become the "St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company."
Learn more at www.muscardinicellars.com.