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Trentadue Alexander Valley Old Patch Red 2009

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The blend is predominately Zin with modest dose of Petite and Carignane resulting in very fruity and more Zin like wine than the previous vintage. The wine has a bright dark red color with intense red cherry aromas, strawberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of brown sugar, maple and plums are showing with slight dose of oak and vanilla. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. The OPR is delicious now but it will reward you patience with 2-3 years of aging. 77% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 1% Sangiovese

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Trentadue Winery:
The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around t... Read more
The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before their region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Life-long, hands-on agriculturists, Evelyn and Leo Trentadue contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. In 1959, the Trentadues decided to flee the developers encroaching on their apricot and cherry orchards in Sunnyvale, the area known today around the world as Silicon Valley. To preserve their way of life, these hard-working Italian ranchers purchased 208 acres of land in Sonoma County's then remote Alexander Valley. The Trentadue family has been growing premium red wine grapes on their 200 acre estate in the Alexander Valley for over 47 years. With vines dating back to 1886, to the adaptation of improved farming practices and the planting of new clones and rootstocks, the Trentadues continue to balance the traditions of the area's early Italian growers and the ever-evolving changes within the viticulture industry. Of the twelve varieties grown on the Estate, special attention is given to blocks of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet France that make up the four selections in our award winning La Storia line of wines and ports. Our farming practices reflect a commitment to fruit quality and to the land from which it comes. We carefully select the varieties that thrive in our microclimate and gravely-loam soils. We practice sustainable agriculture and believe we are stewards of the land and utilize all of the elements available to put the most we can offer into each bottle of wine while retaining the viability of our estate for generations to come. While the majority of our vines are supported by trellis wires, our Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane blocks are head pruned, which we believe allow these varieties to produce higher quality fruit. Although more labor is involved in farming grapes this way, the improved fruit quality outweighs the increase time and labor cost. We use soil-building cover crops which add nutrients and nitrogen into the soil, as well as control erosion and suppress unwanted weeds. All of our fruit is hand picked, mostly at night which keeps the temperature of the juice from 50 to 60 ° F, which preserves and enhances the flavors of the grapes. Trentadue's Tasting Room - we are open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 5:00 pm daily (closed major holidays). Read less

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Snooth User: madonna823
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3.50 5
01/06/2012

Three and a half glasses



The blend is predominately Zin with modest dose of Petite and Carignane resulting in very fruity and more Zin like wine than the previous vintage. The wine has a bright dark red color with intense red cherry aromas, strawberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of brown sugar, maple and plums are showing with slight dose of oak and vanilla. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. The OPR is delicious now but it will reward you patience with 2-3 years of aging. 77% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, 1% Sangiovese

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