We visited V. Sattui Winery during our 2009 year-end trip to California. We had a wonderful time then tasting VSW wines and had picnic lunch at the beautiful garden with giant oak and walnut trees outside the cellar door at Napa Valley.
This bottle of Crow Ridge Zinfandel was one of the VSW wines that we brought back from that trip and was precious to me as V. Sattui wines are sold only at the Winery, not in stores or restaurants anywhere and they do not export their wine outside USA. We had it kept in the wine fridge until couple of weeks ago when I opened it for our TGIF session with CJ and Jazz.
The VSW Crow Ridge Zinfandel is big and powerful but with a very restrained finish. The sweet fruit flavours of red cherries and ripe raspberries are further heightened with hints of cedar, brown sugar and white chocolate. It has creamy texture and long, pleasing aftertaste. The grapes come from 80-year-old Russian River Valley vines which explains the enhanced flavour of this wine.
This wine has been in the spotlight a few times as well, earning gold medals at the San Francisco Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition, and a double gold at the Amenti del Vino.
Producer: V. Sattui Winery
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Type: Red Wine