2012 'Primitivo' Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Rivers run deep
You say To-may-to, we say To-mah-to, you say Primitivo, we say Zinfandel, let’s call the whole thing 63% OFF!!!
We checked all the facts, dear Operatives, and found no errors, our calculators are calibrated, so we are indeed GIVING AWAY this well-cellared 2012 Russian River Zin today for 15 bucks. Prime location, premium grower, phenomenal fruit, stupendous deal. What else is there to be said? Grab all you can, while it lasts.
Rubies medium to deep turning garnet on the broad circumference, pleasing the eye. A whole array of ripe plum and licorice aromas here, red berries too, all exist harmoniously on the nose. Touch of oak adding sweet meaty spice and bringing out the tannins once sipped and swallowed. Long and flavorsome on the finish, showing the perfect sweet and savory balance. This delectable red yearns for a colorful array of American & Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
A bucolic one-way street south of Healdsburg called Limerick Lane wraps up two wineries right across from each other, THE infamous Limerick Lane Cellars, whose wines can get $80 expensive, and Due Ruscelli Vineyards. This beauty has Triple Gold Medals from prestigious judges and experts alike. Aptly named to pay tribute to the Italian origins of Zinfandel as Primitivo in Puglia, this could be one of the most enticing deals ever to cross the palates of our Tasting Panel. A big wow and a vote of confidence that Zinfandel just does not get better than this at this price.
When a boutique winery is THIS small and under the radar, the word hardly ever gets out, and that’s where we come in with all our reconnaissance might, hunting out these tiny targets one by one. A couple of raving Yelp reviews from recent visits endorse this gem best; “I love this winery. We found it by accident driving down Limerick Lane. It is owned by Mike and Melissa Sloan and they sell Zinfandel wines. It was so hard to decide which one I liked best during the tasting I bought 6 bottles. I will definitely be going back to this beautiful location.” Followed by “If you like tasty full-bodied Zinfandels (or Primitivos) then run (don’t walk) to check out this new hidden gem of a winery. The selection is a little narrow, but that’s expected cuz they’re so new, but please give these guys a visit if you’re in the area, you will be pleasantly surprised.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
Gold Medal – Beverage Testing Institute - “Exceptional, 93 Points on Tastings.com”
Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal – Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Rubies medium to deep turning garnet on the broad circumference.
A whole array of ripe plum and licorice aromas here, red berries too.
Touch of oak adding sweet meaty spice and bringing out the tannins.
Long and flavorsome, showing the perfect sweet and savory balance.
Needs a colorful array of American & Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
What the Winery Says
- Michael & Melissa Sloan
- 100% Zinfandel
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
- Due Ruscelli Estate Vineyard
- 12 months 20% new French oak
- 10 barrels