92 Insider Points
Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This is classic Zinfandel from a heritage vineyard in Northern Sonoma Country. These ancient vines have been providing drinking pleasure since well before the great majority of us were born and they certainly performed well in 2006. This wine has matured into a velvety blast of black raspberries, cinnamon spice and cream. Rich and round, bordering on jammy, this is a classic representation of one of Sonoma County's favorite and best varietals. Drinking fantastic, I really loved the spice notes in the finish. The wine is at a great point now and it's showing very well. Drink up!- PM
2006 GiaDomella Passalacqua Zinfandel
Ancient Old-Vines | "Drinking Fantastic"
Well, the terms "old" or "ancient" do not always have the most pleasant of connotations. However, when it comes to Zinfandel, it seems the older the better. In the case of this 2006 GiaDomella Passalacqua Estate Sonoma Zinfandel the vines that provided the fruit were absolutely ancient. In other words, get ready to drink some fantastic Zin.
After five generations of winemaking, the Passalacquas have certainly earned the right to say that winemaking is in their veins. With multiple award winning vintages produced, they seem to have the right recipe for making wine. Here, this Zinfandel is filled with black raspberries, cinnamon spice and cream. Rich and round, (bordering on jammy), it has a wonderful integrated baking spice on the finish. It definitely earns its place in the palates of Zin-fanatics. In fact, at our last tasting, our panel found that it had matured into a velvety blast of flavor, which made us remember why Zinfandel is a favorite and one of the best varietals for Sonoma County.
Inside Fact: The vineyard for the GiaDomella Passalacqua Estate is unique in its location as it falls within two appellations, the Russian River Valley and the Alexander Valley.