Rocky Hill Wines
2009 Sonoma Mountain Red
Red Blend •Richard Dinner
California: Sonoma County
Eyes on the Prize
If you are like most of our Operatives, you love a great Red Blend - and simply adore a stellar one.
Today’s Rocky Hill Wines 2009 Sonoma Mountain Red is a really exciting and really delicious wine that shows wonderful balance, great aromatics and a truly balanced palate. Juicy up front, with elegance and complexity on the back side, this wine will have your mouth watering with each loving sniff and taste.
This single vineyard mélange hails from the beautiful Richard Dinner Vineyards, high up on Sonoma Mountain. The vineyards are on northeastern face of Sonoma Mountain between 600’ and 800’ elevation. Cool maritime breezes bathe the vineyards in evening fog, which contributes to slow and even ripening of the winery’s beautiful fruit.
This wine was made by Don Van Staavern of former Château St. Jean fame. Don is a master of Sonoma County winemaking and his experience really shines through in a plump, full glass of today’s juicy delight.
Dark ruby, through and through. Skinny, slow moving legs start high up on the glass wall.
Fresh cherry juice, blueberry, blackberry and cassis take the lead. These are followed up by sweet baking spice, cedar, dried tobacco leaf and toasty vanilla oak.
Black cherry juice at first, then complex flavors of plum & blackberry compote mingle with sweetwood, sweet tobacco, braised fig, caramel, baker’s chocolate, cherry aperitif, oak and subtle spice.
Extra long and very complex with bright fruit quickly yielding to serious black fruit, oak and spice.
Enjoy with a cowboy steak that’s grilled to perfection.
What the Winery Says
- Don Van Staavern
- 26 months
- New and neutral French and American oak
- Syrah, Merlot and Malbec
- 545 cases
- Sonoma Mountain AVA