2010 La Storia Zinfandel
California: Alexander Valley
The Rest of the Story
After a protracted surveillance, we have returned to Trentadue Winery! This time, we’ve returned with another of their fantastic La Storia Reserve wines, their coveted 2010 Zinfandel. This wine is dark, complex and delicious. It is also a very food-friendly wine, with plenty of acidity.
Aromatically, this wine reminds us of ancient vine Zinfandel from Amador. Rich, dark aromas deliver wonderful, dark fruit, spice and minerals. On the palate, the wine is complex, plush and full of character.
Miro Tcholakov, winemaker for Trentadue, is fondly referred to around Wine Spies HQ as “Agent KGB”. We have been fans of Miro for the last five years. He just keeps getting better and better at his craft.
With the Fall and Winter holidays approaching, we can’t help but recommend this elegant, approachable wine for your holiday entertaining. At over 25% off, we’ll be stocking up our own private stash.
Dark burgundy red with a slightly opaque heart. At the edges of the glass, a medium-width band of magenta excircles the wine. Tall, chubby legs run slowly down the glass after a good swirl.
Dusky and dark, with sweet blackberry, rich black cherry, black currant and plum in the lead. These are closely followed by dark raspberry, caramel, dark wild strawberry, subtle dried meats, black pepper and a hint of exotic spice.
Bold and dark, with tart black cherry, young blackberry, tart plum and dark black currant. As the wine breathes, it opens up to reveal dark wild strawberry, spiced cherry candy, dusty bramble, dried violets, exotic dark spice, slate, black pepper and a hint of subtle sweetwood.
Very long and filled with red and black fruits that take a very long time to fully fade away. As fruits fade, the palate is left with a coating of dark spice, slate and black pepper. These take a while to completely diminish.
What the Winery Says
The ‘10 La Storia Zin was made as usual mostly from Trentadue’s Block 303 with the addition of fruit from Block 305, which is showing very well lately as the vines are maturing. Portions of the lots were co-fermented with small amounts of Petite Sirah for better color and additional blueberry aromas.
The wine is intensely flavored with predominant dark cherry, blueberry and even cranberry and less of the typical raisin aromas due to the cooler than usual season. The fine oak barrel aging brings in subtle aromas of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is bright due to the slightly higher than usual acidity but with very soft and elegant tannins that accentuate the wine’s long and juicy finish.
11 months in 33% new, mostly European oak barrels with few American oak barrels
About the Winery
The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before the region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. There was little market for the region’s dry-farmed apples, prunes, pears, and grapes in the late 1950s, so land was cheap and plentiful. Scores of ranches were for sale but, because it was blessed with an excellent combination of climate, soil, and water, Leo Trentadue settled on a special piece of property in the heart of the Alexander Valley.
Leo Trentadue has a reputation for openness to new ideas and has been among the first to experiment with what resulted in a number of viticultural/wine industry innovations. The Trentadues were among the very first to plant new vines in Sonoma County since the days of Prohibition.
Winemaker Miro Tcholakov
Miro Tcholakov is our Vice President and Director of Winemaking Operations, overseeing all aspects of winemaking. Chiefly responsible for reinvigorating the Trentadue brand when he came aboard in 1999, Miro has worked tirelessly to take our wines to a new level of quality and prestige.
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, he was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. At his grandfather’s side, he learned how to make wine in the tradition of the generations that came before him.
“Making wine has been a lifelong dream of mine. After completing my studies in 1990 at the higher Institute of Agriculture in Bulgaria in Agronomy/Viticulture, I traveled to California on an Exchange program in wine business. I continued my education by attending Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis, focusing on specific courses in Winemaking and management. My internship started at Dry Creek Vineyards in the summer of 1990 and in nine years of employment, I transitioned through the ranks of Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker. It was during this time that I fell in love with two distinctively California varietals; Zinfandel and especially Petite Sirah.”
“I decided to move on and start my career as a head winemaker, accepting an offer from Trentadue Winery in 1999 to take over their winemaking operation. That new opportunity added to my excitement about Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, which have been two long standing staple varietals at Trentadue.”