2012 The Sophisticate Zinfandel Sonoma County
Sonoma County is the epicenter of casual chic. In the Sophisticate, we’ve crafted a wine that rejoices in relaxation and exudes elegance. It’s derived from 85+ year-old vines from the Russian River Valley, along with selections from Somers Vineyard in Dry Creek for a wine that is the epitome of easygoing, epicurean living.
The Sophisticate best exemplifies its nickname: elegant in balance, refined tannins and a charismatic rich berry profile. It’s the wine everyone wants at the party. Make no mistake: it’s a bit of a brawler. But it’s big on charm and has excellent taste, making it the ideal companion for an evening where anything could happen.
A hearty addition of Petite Sirah and a splash of Syrah build on the juicy middle and brooding fruit tones in The Sophisticate. Aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months, this rustic country appellation shows surprising style and approachable elegance.
Behold the dark garnet color and savor a nose of licorice, smoked meat, blackberries and chalky minerality with intriguing oak notes of cinnamon and butterscotch. On the palate, intense boysenberry flavors, supple tannins, a hint of vanilla and a deep palate stain will hold your interest from start to long, lingering finish.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Varietal: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
Aging: 14 months in American and Hungarian oak barrels; 35% new
TA: 0.58 g/100ml
Bottle Price: $25.00