Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2007
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Jammy and briary berry aromas are accented with vanilla and baking spices. Ripe, rich blackberry jam with notes of black currant on the palate; complimented by red and black pepper spice and dark chocolate. Soft tannins, balanced acidity and light toasty oak frame the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Very nicely focused blackberry fruit filled out by notes of sweet spice and hints of blueberry pie start this full-bodied, balanced offering out in the right direction, and its somewhat fleshy, full and rich flavors keep it going. It is relatively open for a wine of the vintage, and while it can certainly benefit from a few years of bottle aging, it does not demand it. Tasty and versatile, it will be equally at home with pastas and with pork roasts. GOOD VALUE"
Valley of the Moon Winery
Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.
Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah; all farmed sustainably with natural soil amendments and natural pest controls.
Yet Valley of the Moon Winery is a thoroughly modern - even cutting-edge - producer. The state-of-the-art production facility features a full complement of temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters, and small French and American oak barrels; ideal for Valley of the Moon’s artisan winemaking. In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search. View all Valley of the Moon Winery Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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13 ratings, 8 with reviews47/13/2011Very good, have purchased several times. Recently tried to buy more, was told it could not be shipped to my state, where it has been shipped more than once previously.Healliam - Las Vegas, NV21/30/2012Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL37/1/2011bkrupski - Waconia, MN16/1/201144/4/2011eCo - Spring, TX33/29/2011Regina Janesko - Rutherford, NJ212/2/2010This wine is well balanced, but not to my liking. Acid, earthy aroma and a taste to match. It is dry, but a bit acidic and young. Deep earthy tones and a dry finishMarguerite Beck - Portland, OR41/10/2011This is a great sipping wine and even better with food. I found it to have a smooth back with hints of vanilla and oak34/15/2010Solid bottle although nothing to write home about. A good everyday drinking wine!45/14/2010Zin lovers, give this one a try.Mike Joyner - Milton, WA44/24/2010Bold, and a well balance Zin.Bob Blondin - Chagrin Falls, OH43/31/2010I sampled this first at the winery and have enjoyed it repeatedly since. I like the consistency, but also the way is surprises me each time. It stands up extremely well to a wide variety of foods.PatriciaWine* - Kerrville, TX53/4/2010Valley of the Moon does not disappoint. Long finish here that I liked.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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