2009

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 The Estates Merlot

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 The Estates Merlot

This gift from up north (Washington State) really changed my mind about Merlot, which I usually ignore.

This merlot is from the Wahluke Slope of the Columbia River Gorge... hundreds of miles up river from where I lived in Hood River, Oregon but only a 90 minute drive up through Washington. We really like the complex minerality not to mention the dark chocolatey goodness.... have to special order in the Bay Area for this Estates merlot.

Rock Wall 2009 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church, Sonoma County

Rock Wall 2009 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church, Sonoma County

Just the other night, we attended the Viva Amore! event at Rock Wall. They weren't really pouring any zins at tasting tables aside from their Zinfandel Dessert wine. I never bother with those except tonight we were tipped off to try a "Rebecca" -- a glass of sparkling Blanc de Blancs with a heavy splash of the aforementioned dessert zin.

Rock Wall 2009 Pearl Hart Reserve Zinfandel

Rock Wall 2009 Pearl Hart Reserve Zinfandel

This is Shauna Rosenblum's baby. I've never seen her so excited about one of her wines... and THAT'S saying a lot. Not much was made and I believe it's already been snatched up... which is amazing considering it retails at $50 ($40 for wine club members.)

This vintage is name for Pearl Hart, the lady stagecoach robber from the Ol' American West who famously gave each of the passengers she robbed back some money so they could get a meal and a bed. She was eventually caught.

Rock Wall 2009 Rock Pile Zinfandel

Rock Wall 2009 Rockpile Zin

This new zinfandel is a perfect example of what Rock Wall does best >> awesome and distinctive zins.

The Rockpile (guess that's the name of the vineyard) is a welcome addition to the zinfandel lineup, which includes 7 at this writing. The Rockpile is precision balanced... designed to make EVERYBODY HAPPY and pairs perfectly with '73 era Bob Marley & the Wailers.

Goes for $40 retail and we got it in our last club pickup. They often pour it so be sure to taste before you splurge.