Rusina 2006 Zinfandel Sonoma County

Rusina’s minimalist approach to winemaking and hands-on attention to detail results in consistently high quality wines year after year, and with such limited production, these compelling and expressive wines are next to impossible to get your hands on. The 2006 Alexander Valley Zinfandel (at just 475 cases produced!) was awarded a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and a Silver Medal at the Orange County Fair Wine Competition. Rusina’s secret to crafting their medal-winning Zinfandels is the added touch of Petite Sirah – this 2006 vintage is 12% Old Vine Petite Sirah, which adds a nice base of firm tannins and deep, rich color to the finished wine. The Zinfandel, which makes up 88% of this wine, comes from 30+ year-old bench land vineyards near Healdsburg in the cooler region of the Alexander Valley. The result is a beautiful wine with complex flavors of blackberry, raspberry, anise, mocha and brown spices. Rich and concentrated, this 2006 Alexander Valley Zinfandel has excellent structure with a smooth, silky finish. [+]