Stephen & Walker
2011 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
A touch of elegance
Today’s Stephen & Walker 2011 Russian River Valley Zinfandel is an absolutely stellar wine that features something we don’t often see in California Zins: subtle elegance.
This newly released beauty features all the hallmarks of a great Zin: deep dark fruit, subtle spice, and hints of earthy terroir. What sets today’s wine apart is that each of these components are in near-perfect balance, without any one flavor overpowering the others.
We love pairing Zinfandel with meats prepared on the BBQ, but wines like today’s deserve something a bit more elevated. Rather than a pork shoulder slathered with BBQ sauce, we prepared ours with a delicious mustard ginger sauce - and had our minds blown.
Deep scarlet with flecks of purple throughout the heart of the glass, with a touch of a lighter rim.
Sweet candied black cherry, wild strawberry, leather and sweet spice jump up to greet you on the nose. These are soon joined by berry bramble, dried violet, hard leather and black pepper.
Bright and juicy, with dark fruit and earthy goodness presenting in equal proportion. Black cherry, black currant and blackberry liquor mix with dried black flower petals, dark spice, black pepper, dark chocolate and subtle dried earth.
Very long, leading with dark fruit that gradually yields to spice, earth and black pepper. At the very end, the palate is left with a plush, dry feeling that spreads gradually to all corners of the mouth.
A slowly smoked pork shoulder, served with a mustard ginger sauce drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
- Nancy Walker
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- 9 months in 40% new French oak