Monday, September 5, 2011

Wines I'm Drinking: 2007 Wellington Vineyards Sonoma Valley Grenache

Another beautiful wine from Wellington. Today I opened my last bottle of the 2007 Wellington Vineyards Sonoma Valley Grenache. It was tasty when new but it's even more delicious now, having gained a certain gravitas it lacked when younger. Brief tasting notes follow.

The wine is a deep purple-red, but beginning to show a little age. It doesn't look like an old wine, but it no longer has the inky, bright purple hue of youth either. Redolent of licorice and roasted meat on the nose (somehow pork spareribs came to mind) with hints of black cherries and other dark fruits. Nicely poised on the palate. The wine is silky and soft, but remains vibrant, with good tannins and a lively acidity followed by a core of sweet, black cherry fruit interlaced with licorice and meaty flavors. The long, delicate finish is characterized mostly by the slightly bitter licorice flavors, but these are embraced in the arms of the sweet black cherry in an extended, balanced dance. Delicious. Forgive me for repeating myself, but Wellington is one of my favorite wine producers in Sonoma County. I love this winery for its dedication to quality and its ongoing willingness to price its wines reasonably--for the sort of people (like me) that drink wine everyday. Affordable bliss.

I have no financial connection with any producer or retailer of wine. 

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