Well, I’ll have to say once again, how glad I am we visited Sonoma last fall, and how glad I am we joined the Sonoma Wine Shop Wine Club. We signed up to have 4 bottles shipped 3 times per year – 3 reds and 1 white in each shipment. So far we’ve tried 3 of the 4 from our spring 2012 shipment.
First we tried the Seabiscuit Ranch Chardonnay. I’m sure it’s a good quality wine, but FAR too “oaky” for me. I actually didn’t know what the term “oaky” meant until I tasted this stuff. It defines oak flavor. Nothing BUT oak. In fact, I think I’d have to consider this the IPA of Chardonnays. Not on my list of favorites.
Next we tried the Wild Hog Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon It was good. Not stellar, but good. I have a fairly high bar when it comes to cabs, though, and I will guess most people would like this wine.
Haywood Estate Zinfandel. My oh my. It reminds me of why I love red wine, and makes me wonder why I’m not alcoholic. So smooth, so rich, I just want to keep rolling it around in my mouth until I realize that if I swallow I can do it all over again. John might have to take me down if he’s thinking about having that last two tablespoons left in the bottle.
Coming up… Sparrow Hawk Pinot Noir 2009. The SWS does a great job at selecting wines for the club, so my hopes are high for this one. I’ll keep you updated.