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2009 V. Sattui Zinfandel Gilsson Vineyard Russian River Valley

V. Sattui makes this wine from Russian River Valley vines that are nearing 50 years of age. They’re on St. George rootstock, which keeps the phylloxera away, and located in the eastern portion of the AVA. Low-nutrient, clay loam combined with the vines’ age minimizes vigor, emphasizing character.

The wine is very fragrant, melding warm spices, brown sugar and oak with ripe black cherries and blackberry. In the mouth there are medium+ body and tannins that start out silky and gradually transition to a lightly chalky feel. The flavors are rich and long-lasting with blackberry, spice and oak plus some warmth from the alcohol. The 2009 V. Sattui Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel is an engaging, easy-to-like Zinfandel that will go well with a slab or ribs or a meat lover’s pizza. Drink now through 2016. Recommended+

wine-gilsson-vineyard-zin12009 V. Sattui Zinfandel Gilsson Vineyard Russian River Valley
Rating: Recommended+
Drink: now - 2016
Release Date: Spring 2011
Closure: Cork
Retail Price: $37.00, available winery-direct only

Winemaker: Brooks Painter
Origin: Gilsson Vineyard, Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma County
Fermentation:
Aging:
Alcohol: 15.0%

Service Recommendations
Decanting: Not required
Temperature: 58º - 64º F
Food Pairings: Braised short ribs, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs or fennel sausage pizza

The wine above was received from the winery for review.

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This article is original to NorCalWine.com. Copyright 2012 NorCal Wine. Photo courtesy of V. Sattui. All rights reserved.