2008 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
King of Zin Valley
We were very excited at the prospect of reviewing today’s wine. We had heard great things about Sandole Wines and when this wine was presented to us, we leapt at the chance to evaluate it for you.
We are thrilled to report that today’s 2008 Sandole Wines Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a delight, bursting with dark aromas and even darker flavors. A little bit of decanting (or hearty swirling) goes a long way to giving this wine a softer feel and flavors that burst with juicy goodness.
Made by Zinfandel legend Leslie Cisneros (of Arista and Kastania fame), today’s wine is a sure thing. Combine Leslie’s talent with today’s low price, and we have a wine that we offer to you with our strong recommendation.
Very dark and very pretty, with darkest ruby hues from the center of the wine out to the edge of the glass.
Earthy and dark with black fruit, spice and bramble giving the wine a very broad nose. Wild blackberry, dusty briar patch, dried fall leaves, black cherry and mixed dark spice round out the nose.
Super bright with bold black cherry, blackberry, dried dark rose petals, dusty bakers chocolate, sweet tobacco leaf, toasty cedar, hard blackberry candy, hard leather and mixed dark spice.
Bright and tart with dark fruit, spice and woodsy flavors dwindling in even proportion.
Enjoy with a tangy BBQ chicken, babyback ribs or a steak teriyaki.