2007 Rosso di Sonoma
California: Sonoma Valley
A Mile Up
Very highly recommended, today’s wonderful 2007 Rosso di Sonoma is a lovely, lively red blend from one of our favorite recent discoveries, Petroni Vineyards.
This wine recalls fine Chianti Classico, melded with California-style red fruit. The nose rings out with lush bright fruit. On the palate, the wine is beautifully rich and balanced. It is just what you’d expect from the 96 Point (Robert Parker) 2007 vintage.
The marshmallow quality that we call out, on the palate, is very subtle but we mention it because it gives the wine some additional intrigue.
Overall, this wine is delicious and wonderfully balanced. For less than $20, we think that this wine represents a remarkable value.
Pair with bacon wrapped pork shoulder or sweet breads with a spiced sauce.
Deep and dark garnet with a nearly opaque heart. At the edges, fresh cherry juice hues catch the light, casting ruby glints onto the walls of the room. Tall, chubby legs streak down the glass.
Dark cherry, blackberry, dried cranberry, dried violets, cedar, candied Italian fruits, brown spice and dried earth.
Rustic dark fruits meld with subtle spice and dried earth. Black cherry, dark plum, toasty oak and dried cranberry lead the way. As the wine open, these flavors are followed by black tea leaf, boysenberry, dried orange peel and dried violets. Underneath all of these, the oak imparts the most subtle, intriguing and delicious marshmallow quality.
Very long and softly drying with an old world quality that gives the wine a real rustic quality. Flavors persist longest at the edges of the palate. After a few moments, fine tea tannins dry the very edges of the palate.
What the Winery Says
Sweet ripe blackberry, black cherry, fruit cake spices, vanilla, cara-mel and floral notes flood the senses with a hint of citrus zest and cedar in the background. The ripe flavors are balanced nicely with tangy acidity and subdued tannins which keep this wine dense, fresh and easy to drink.
The cast of characters for our blend are gathered together from our Estate Vineyards’ high in the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains. The rich volcanic soils and high elevations of our Cavedale Road Vineyard impart power and dimension to our Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The main character of this ensemble is the Syrah, which is grown at a 2000 foot elevation in our Trinity Ranch block (known for loamy soil conditions). This gives our Syrah grapes a rich earthiness that balances the jazzy Cavedale Road fruit. The result is a joyous rhapsody that will ring harmoniously on the palate.
For optimum flavor, we delicately hand-harvested the grapes from low yielding vines in the cool early mornings. Wasting no time, the fruit was brought straight back to the winery to be destemmed, crushed and transferred immediately to stainless steel tanks. After periods of cold soaking and warm fermentation, this was followed by an extended maceration of four to six weeks. The wine was then pressed to 100% French oak barrels (composed of almost entirely used wood) and left to mature for 18 months before being selected for the Rosso blend.
Varieties: Syrah 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Aging: 18 months in almost all used French Oak
About the Winery
First the land was cleared, grape cuttings from Montalcino and Tuscan olive trees were secured and the terraces and vineyard blocks were laid out over 14 acres using volcanic rocks from the property to build the retaining walls and provide an optimal 100% organic farming environment. The mobile home was removed and in its place, a villa rose above the small winery. Italian and American flags were raised at the gates and the Poggio alla Pietra (Hill of Rocks) estate was born.
After selling the fruit the first few years, the first estate wine was produced in 1998. In addition to Brunello di Sonoma, the winery also produces miniscule amounts of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and the 100% certified organic estate extra virgin olive oil. So the story unfolds and the dream grows closer to being realized with more exciting developments on the horizon…
Lorenzo Petroni runs the famous North Beach Restaurant, considered by many a San Francisco institution, and has proudly served authentic Tuscan cuisine to San Franciscans and world-citizens since 1970. North Beach Restaurant has a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with a selection of over 400 wines from all over the world. Lorenzo’s experience and understanding of wine, combined with an organic grape-growing philosophy with minimal intervention in the cellar and a faith in Sonoma Valley as a premium winegrowing region is the driving force behind Petroni Vineyards.