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The most Fruit Forward Reds in Sonoma/Napa? (Not Desert Wines)

Posted by AdrianSmith, Aug 8, 2014.

Hey all!

My go to for a red is something deep, bold and extremely fruit forward. In my experience i've found that this doesn't necessarily just have to mean a zinfandel... I've had Cabs and even Pinot's that are just as fruit forward!

I'd be really interested to know if there were any recommendations you guys have for Sonoma/Napa region wines where I can find this. (Can either be grape location of winery location)

Thanks everyone! :) 


Reply by dvogler, Aug 8, 2014.


I was down there a few weeks ago and toured Hendry winery in Napa (like right in Napa city, on Redwood rd.).  They have a 2009 Red Blend that is awesome.  Not to mention they have some darn nice Primitivo.

Disclaimer: I have a friend who is related to the owner.  However, it was the first time I'd been there and they were very nice and accommodating.

Reply by AdrianSmith, Aug 9, 2014.

Fantastic - thanks for the heads up DVOGLER. 

I'll be sure to check it out at some stage - I manage to get up to wine country around twice a month so its on the list!

Reply by edwilley3, Aug 12, 2014.

Martinelli's reds are rich and robust. I recently had a 2003 Martinelli Bondi pinot that was stunningly complex and wonderful. I am not sure that a lot of people could have picked it out as a PN. I think it could last another 10 years. And this is a higher alcohol fruit forward bottle, mind you.

Try any of their zinfandel bottles. The non-vineyard specific PN is a little bit on the light side, but the Pisoni is terrifically beautiful and succulent. The newer Bondi Water Trough PN is also very good. Any of their syrahs will do what you want.

Others on here know that I think most PNs are a complete waste of time and just a watered down version of something else. These are different.

On the higher end of red blends from Sonoma I would suggest Verite La Joie (or its sister bottles) or Peter Michael Les Pavots. They are not cheap options, but I think they are good examples. I've never tried an Abreu, but I am interested in doing so.

Reply by AdrianSmith, Aug 14, 2014.

Thank you Ed, this is great stuff. I'll be following up on these guys and having a little taste. I'm heading up the Sonoma way soon so I'll make sure to check out 

Reply by dmcker, Aug 15, 2014.

Just saw an offering from Last Bottle for this wine. Looks like something you might be interested in, at a reasonable price ($19). Good label, too.  ;-)


Reply by AdrianSmith, Aug 16, 2014.

Brilliant! I'll get on that and let you know what I think. I'm heading up to Napa tomorrow :-))))

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