Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
The 2006 Vintage will be remembered as the one with heavy rainfall in the winter and cool summer. The long ripening season provided extra "hang time" for the grapes and thus produced wines with great depth and superb structure. Following the abundant 2005 vintage, 2006 had a relatively low yield contributing to more intense flavor and overall concentration. The grapes for our 2006 La Storia blend were harvested at the end of September and the first week of October from blocks 303 and 315; all head prunes vines. As usual the grapes fermented in 60% closed top and 40% open top tanks. After primary fermentation the wine was racked in 45 new barrels for malolactic fermentation. Prior bottling 12% Petite Sirah was blended with the Zin for structure enhancement.
The wine has an intense nose of dark cherries and currants with brown sugar, maple and a slightly toasted aroma courtesy of the new oak barrels. The mouth feel is medium to heavy with a slightly, sweet long finish. Overall '06 is another great example of the consistently high quality Zins made from our Geyserville Estate year after year. Age for 3 to 5 years.
The Wine Advocate - "The dark ruby-hued 2006 Zinfandel La Storia reveals a big, spicy, peppery, briery-scented nose, medium to full body, soft tannins, and admirable purity and density. It is best drunk over the next 3-4 years. "
The Trentadues were among the very first to plant new vines in Sonoma County since the days of Prohibition. Italians love their red wines, especially hearty reds like Carignane. In 1962, the Trentadue family began planting new Carignane vines in addition to the 68 acres of old vines already growing on their ranch. Now more than 35 years old, these vines are among the oldest producing Carignane vineyards in America. The family remains steadfastly devoted to this grape, and their wine ranks indisputably among just a handful of top ranked California Carignane. View all Trentadue 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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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.