Claudia Springs Vittorio's Secret Red Blend 2009
Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
A rich, velvet-textured blend from old vine Mendocino Zinfandel (63%), Petite Sirah (19%) and Carignane (18%). Raspberry aromas are followed by boysenberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavors.
Wine Spectator - "This dense, ripe and rich red delivers black cherry and licorice aromas that lead to layered huckleberry cobbler and spiced cinnamon flavors, all lingering on the long finish. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Drink now through 2017. 185 cases made."
Claudia Springs Winery
Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California. The Anderson Valley, located 125 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the very best locations for producing fine, cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and the white Alsace varietals. The unique combination of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing to their full potential.
Claudia Springs wines are made exclusively from Mendocino County vineyards with special emphasis on Anderson Valley Appellation grapes. They produce incredible estate Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from vines planted by the Klindt family. They also create award winning single vineyard designated and proprietary blended Zinfandels and a limited production Viognier from premium vineyards in the Redwood Valley and Mendocino Ridge (1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean) appellations.
Their micro-winery's annual production remains small at 2,000-2,500 cases. Claudia Springs prefers this level so they can continue to provide hands-on care of each lot of wine as we nurture it from vineyard to bottle. Every bit of the work, from crushing and pressing to bottling, is done by Bob and Claudia. Their hands-on approach allows them to maintain strict, personal quality control. View all Claudia Springs Wines
About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate 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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3 ratings, 3 with reviews38/8/2012
I doubt that this wine deserves a 91 rating more like 89. They dont give the blend of grapes used and its hard to describe it. Its like a decent $10 wine but no better to me.15/24/2012Disappointed - it was flat44/28/2012
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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 & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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