Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $$ Trentadue "Old Patch Red" Red Wine, Alexander Valley Estate, Sonoma, California, 2009 (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Trentadue "Old Patch Red" Red Wine, Alexander Valley Estate, Sonoma, California, 2009, finished at a fairly whopping 14.8% alcohol.  It is a value-priced blend of 77% zinfandel, 11% petite sirah, 11% carignane and 1% sangiovese from the Geyserville Estate in Alexander Valley.

In the glass:  Deep burgundy, just a hint - a whisper, really - of purple at the rim. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bright and oaky fruit, with some depth.  From the aroma, seems like this may be full, hot and round.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet with cozy black pepper crust, showing layers of fruit, tannins and vanilla, likely carried along by some serious oak. Crusty brown sugar on the soft, luxurious finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an impressive four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a no-brainer "best value".

Following long decant, one day in partially-filled bottle:  Nose is consistent, seemingly somewhat brighter.  Less layers now on the palate, perhaps simpler, bright and fruity, yet still with layers of red fruit.  Don't see the decanting as having improved things, nor have they diminished the strong experience.

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