Zinfandel has been called “America’s heritage grape,” and Sonoma County is where it all began — sort of. The story of Zin in America is a long and tangled one, but suffice it to say that many of Zinfandel’s top producers and historic vineyards can be found in Sonoma County.
Trentadue Winery, Opr Red 2016
Could there be a perfect blended California red wine? Most probably not, but the 2016 Trentadue OPR Old Patch Red is as good as it gets.
The 2016 OPR Red is predominately Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah and Carignane resulting in very fruity yet complex and full bodied Rhone- like style wine. The wine has dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own.
Blend: 67% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 3% Syrah.
90 points Wilfred Wong
Marietta Cellars "Old Vine Red" Lot #68
A multi-vintage and variety blend (neither the vintage nor the varieties were listed), the Lot 68 Old Vine Red is deep ruby-colored and has terrific fruit, lots of spice and graphite nuances, medium body, and shocking purity and texture for a wine at this price point (from California anyway). It has tons to love and is a little gem to drink over the coming year or two.
90 points Jeb Dunnuck