2007 Rosso di Sonoma
California: Sonoma County: 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.