Sanctuary Estates by Fetzer Vineyards
2009 Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Mariah Vineyard
California: Mendocino County: Mendocino Ridge
Today’s 2009 Sanctuary Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Zinfandel is a stupendous wine that we are thrilled to have secured for you!
This delicious, limited-production Zinfandel grows above the fog line, high atop the Mendocino Ridge. The high-elevation vineyard sites between the Anderson Valley and the coastal town of Manchester, where a very consistent cool climate and long growing season create the perfect conditions for the hearty if sometimes finicky Zinfandel grapes grown there by Dan and Vicki Dooling. The Dooling’s Mariah Vineyard is a much sought-after vineyard source for Zinfandel, and Fetzer was lucky to have secured enough fruit for a small run of today’s wonderful Zinfandel.
Today’s Zinfandel is at once elegant and very juicy, giving the wine the sort of balance that is a rare find in a California Zin. This food-fantastic wine is offered to you with our heartiest recommendation.
Vivid, dark scarlet at its heart, transitioning into a lovely red edge.
Bright, clear notes of fruit and spice, with cherry, raspberry, and strawberry flowing into aromas of creamy caramel, sweet vanilla, holiday spices, and a subtle white pepper.
Soft and elegant on the palate, with a delightful balance of flavors. Leading notes of unsweetened cranberry, raspberry, and red currant are laid overtop fruit bramble, cocoa dust, cinnamon, clove, and a subtle pomegranate black tea.
Plenty of personality and refined tannins on the finish, gradually drying the tip of the tongue and leading to an eminently satisfying finale.
A finely cooked pepper-encrusted Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce.
What the Winery Says
- Dennis Martin
- Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino County, California
- Mariah Vineyard
- Varietal Composition
- 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Syrah