New Wine, Old Vine

Posted by The Wine Whore |

It's time for a new location...

After being Zealous for New Zealand last week, I decided to explore some 'old vine' wines as inspired by this week's Fun Friday Wine Fact.

For this week's poll, I have narrowed down the choice to three varietals from a winery that lives by the rules of biodynamic farming principles and sources its grapes from old vines in the Dry Creek Valley.

The winery: Truett Hurst

A visit to this winery reveals how seriously they take biodynamics. Free roaming sheep and chickens naturally work the farm, tilling the soil and controlling the crab grasses while beneficial insects find home in the natural garden.

The vineyards used to source the grapes are chosen for the old vines and excellent landscape:

"Nestled in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley, there are 26 very special acres we call Truett Hurst. Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vineyards, Dry Creek, 5 acres of garden and a vibrant tasting room made of eco-friendly materials are just some of the things that make us unique. Where else can you take in Coho Salmon, Steelhead trout, otters, ducks, sheep, herbs, olives, beneficial insect habitat, heirloom fruits and vegetables, all over a glass of delicious wine?"

I am excited to see how this intriguing philosophy translates into their wine but which bottle should I open first?

I have included a brief writeup of each of the Truett Hurst wines below. Choose your favorite by voting in the poll located at the top of this page. The winning wine will be announced, tasted and featured in a review.

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Be sure to follow me on twitter or facebook Wednesday night @ 6:30m pm ET for my tweets as I open and taste the wine that you have picked. This is your chance to ask me questions or just get a sneak peak at my review. The more the merrier, so tell all of your wine loving friends to stop by, vote, and join the party. In the meantime, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then prepare yourself for the fun by checking out the previous winners.


Here are this week's choices...

1) Truett Hurst Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Old Vine Red Rooster Zinfandel 2006
    "This is a big, bold traditional Zinfandel with the minerality and spice that Dry Creek Valley is noted for. It is packed with aromas of blackberry jam, rose petal, black pepper and warm, toasty oak. The mouth feel is ultra-rich and loaded with ripe blackberry, spice and floral flavors, all wrapped up in a luscious mouth feel."

2) Truett Hurst Sonoma County Black Sheep Pinot Noir 2007
    "The grapes were fermented in small open tops and barrel aged for 12 months in fine grained, French Oak, 30% of which was new. The result - a decidedly feminine pinot. Aromas of rose petals, blackcherry cola, alpine strawberries, vanilla and hints of mocha kaleidoscope together seamlessly. On the palate, juicy layers of chocolate covered cherries give way to undertones of sizzling bacon fat. The wine finish is lengthy, yet delicate, laced with red summer fruits and hints of spice."

3) Truett Hurst North Coast California Old Vine Burning Man Petite Sirah 2006
    "This blockbuster of a Petite Sirah is not for the faint of heart - it is intensely scented with ripe plum and blackberry, enhanced by orange blossom and honeysuckle notes. The mouth feel is rich, ripe and round and packed with flavors or dark fruits, toasted coconut and peppery spice."

Very special thank you to Virginia and the folks from Truett Hurst Winery for their kindness, support, and willingness to share a glass of their wine for the rest of the world to enjoy.

(Read more wine reviews and info at The Wine Whore)
Photos courtesy of Truett Hurst

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Ashley Lauren said...

I totally agree with you on the Black Sheep Pinot Noir. I adore a Pinot Noir that has a long finish.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you Ashley! The finish really does make a difference between an entry wine and one that has a great deal of character. Not to mention the fact that it makes it a lot more enjoyable. A wine that fizzles out also typically lacks the ability to age.


Bret said...

Oh boy! You'll hate me Randy because you know I don't know anything about whine. But I couldn't resist voting for #2, the Black Sheep Pinot Noir. Anything that uses "sizzling bacon fat" in the description gets my vote!!!

That makes me want a hot dog real bad...

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thank you for participating Bret! "sizzling bacon fat" sounds good to me too... especially on a double cheeseburger! :)

Kort said...

My $ is on the Petite Sirah! :)

The Wine Whore said...

I think you are right Kort! You never know though... I am hoping it wins. I have never had an 'old vine' Petite Sirah and this one sounds intriguing!


jFLASHj said...

you gotta taste the most expensive.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Flash! I bet in some cases there are characteristics in the less expensive wines that match more expensive versions! :) I am looking for these... if anyone knows of a wine that fits this profile, let me know!


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