Gold Medal - 2015 Orange County Wine Competition
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Today we are featuring a wine from our old friend Michael Muscardini, who is making some of the finest wines coming out of Sonoma Valley these days. Founded in 2002, Muscardini Cellars has slowly grown their production and offerings, and we are pleased to offer their first Zinfandel from the Los Chamizal vineyard, a stunning site that sits above the town of Sonoma. The hills are so steep that the vineyards rows have to be terraced, resulting in each vine getting perfect exposure to the sunlight, which is key for ripening zinfandel evenly. The rocky soils force the roots to grow deep, and the resulting wines show a great deal of character.
The 2012 Muscardini Los Chamizal Zinfandel is deep ruby in color, with mixed berry, toasted oak, and ripe plum aromas on the nose. The palate shows more dark berry fruit, with notes of anise and fresh cherry. With good acidity contributing to a long finish, this wine remains impeccably balanced, finishing with ripe fruit and subtle vanilla. For Zinfandel lovers, at 30% OFF this is one to stock up on. Drink now through 2018.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard: Los Chamizal Vineyard
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Blend: 100% Zinfandel
Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valley’s (Valley of the Moon) Monte Terra with its estate grape vines, family home and barrel room. You are welcome to visit us in their Kenwood tasting room.
History of Muscardini Cellars
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.