2008 Thralls Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards

During the Wine Bloggers Conference a couple of weeks ago, our palates were bombarded with 100s of wines.  Over the course of the weekend, a few wines really stood out from the rest; one of them being 2008 Thralls Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards.

Thralls Family Cellars is the project of winemaker and owner Ed Thralls.  Ed has a really cool story surrounding his journey to become a winemaker.  After being a bit unfulfilled by a successful career in financial technology, he began pursuing his passion for wine by making it in his garage in Atlanta.  Ed followed his passion cross-country to Sonoma and now produces both Pinot Noir and Syrah for Thralls Family Cellars.

Thralls Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards
Thralls Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards

Technical Stuff

100% Syrah from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County.  The wine was aged 19 months in a 50% new/50% 1 year old (Zebra) barrel before bottling in May 2010.  There was minimal intervention in the winemaking process.  13.8% alcohol and a retail price of $34.  

Tasting Notes

Thralls Syrah pours an intense blackish-purple color in the glass.  The nose offers rich, enticing aromas of blackberries, smoke, and lavender.  The palate is smooth and nicely structured with tastes of ripe blackberries, plum, black pepper, and sweet tobacco.  Well-made, sophisticated, and balanced!

For more info, visit Thralls Family Cellars.

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Mini-Review – Natural Process Alliance 2012 Sparkling Rose

Late last year, we had an awesome tasting with Kevin Kelley of Salinia Wine Co. and Natural Process Alliance. His juice is nothing short of brilliant and we are anxiously (yet patiently) awaiting to open some of the bottles we brought home with us.  A couple of weeks ago we were in a celebratory mood and decided to open up a bottle of NPA 2012 Sparkling Rose.  It was just as impressive as when we last sipped it at NPA’s tasting room in Santa Rosa.

The Natural Process Alliance 2012 Sparkling Rose
The Natural Process Alliance 2012 Sparkling Rose

This naturally produced Rose hails from Mendocino County and weighs in at 12% alcohol. Kevin bottled it straight from the barrel for us (the wine is part of his bottle exchange program) and crown capped it.  The wine opens with aromas of strawberries and red cherries surrounded by hints of minerals. The clean palate has beautiful minerality along with tastes of bright, red fruit. Balanced, delicious, and refreshing…I would sip this all summer if I lived closer!

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Mini-Review – Lioco 2012 Indica Rosé

I have been sipping wines from Lioco for the past couple of years and have become a pretty big fan of the wines they produce.  Over the weekend, I imbibed in a couple of glasses of their 2012 Indica Rosé.  It is 100% Carignan and retails for around $17 a bottle.

Lioco
Lioco 2012 Indica Rosé

This naturally made Rosé opens with attractive aromas of red berries, rose petals, and citrus. On the palate, there are clean flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and licorice with healthy acidity. Really enjoyable and refreshing.  Don’t pass this by just because the weather has cooled down…it is excellent any time of year!

My Wine Rating – A-

 

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Parducci’s Petite Sirah Shines!

Next up on my Petite Sirah tasting journey are two picks from Parducci.  Parducci was founded in 1932 in Mendocino County and they offer a few different bottles of Petite Sirah.  I had the chance to taste their 2009 Small Lot Blend and True Grit Reserve.  Both are solid picks at great price points!

Tasting Notes

True Grit

Parducci 2009 True Grit Reserve Petite Sirah pours an inky, reddish-purple in the glass. The nose features ripe, dark fruit and hints of vanilla while smooth tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and black pepper envelope your palate.  I tried this over the course of two nights and it definitely opened on night two! (B+, 14.5% alcohol, $25)

Small Lot

Parducci 2009 Petite Sirah Small Lot Blend is 90% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, and 5% Syrah.  It has warm aromas of cherry and spice and a palate of dark fruit and cedar with a kick of black pepper.  The long, spicy finish leaves a lasting impression that will make you come back for more.  Both a balanced wine and a great value! (B+, 13.5 % alcohol, $12)

www.parducci.com

*Media Samples

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Parducci 2007 Petite Sirah

I am always looking for a good “green” wine. I am a huge proponent of organic and natural foods but it is sometimes hard to find an enjoyable environmentally friendly wine. Parducci is a family owned winery in Ukiah, CA that is committed to sustainable winegrowing practices. They use 100% green power, use earth friendly packaging, and are the 1st US carbon neutral winery. I am excited to try their 2007 Petite Sirah and am hoping it is a green wine that delivers both taste and value.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Parducci’s 2007 Petite Sirah is from Mendicino County. It was bottled in November of 2009 and has 13.5% alcohol content. The wine retails for $10.99 and you can find more information about the wine at www.Parducci.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Parducci pours a dark plum. It has a nose of dark berries and cherries with hints of spice and dark chocolate. This Petite Sirah opens up big and bold tastes of cherries, plum, and blackberries. The wine has supple tannins and a spicy, dry finish.  This green winery has made a pretty good first impression….and yet another nice Petite Sirah that won’t break the bank.

My Wine Rating- B 

*this wine was sent to me as a sample for review

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2007 Artezin Petite Sirah

After a beautiful day, it’s time to grill some burgers and open a bottle of Artezin’s 2007 Petite Sirah.  Artezin has kindly sent me a bottle of their wine as a sample to review.  Artezin is part of the Hess family of wines and this Petite Sirah comes from the Ukaih Valley near Lake Mendicino.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Artezin 2007 Petite Sirah was grown in Mendicino County and is a blend of 87% Petite Sirah, 7% Zinfandel, and 6% Charbono.  It was harvested in October of 2007 and bottle November 2008.  The wine has 13.8% alcohol content and retails for $25.  (for more info head to www.ArtezinWines.com)

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Artezin pours dark plum and the nose is very rich.  There are aromas of plum, dark cherry, and blackberry.   After first taste, I decide to decant the wine for an hour to let it develop a bit.  It really smoothes out and is much more enjoyable.   The Petite Sirah tastes of blackberry, dark currants, and a hint of tobacco.  The dusty tannins are followed by lingering notes of cocoa.  I do like the rich, earthy flavor of this wine but it would definitely benefit from a few more years in the bottle.   This wine should age nicely with a little more time.     

(My Wine Rating- B)

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