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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Pietra-Santa Vineyards and Winery 2002 Zinfandel  (Cienega Valley)

Pietra-Santa Vineyards and Winery

2002 Zinfandel
(Cienega Valley)

Pietra Santa’s winemaker, Alessio Carli, is a native of Siena, Italy – Chianti country – and worked at Badia a Coltibuono, so it’s not surprising that he has a way with Sangiovese. But he shows a nice touch with Zinfandel, too.

This Zin comes from 50-year-old vines from a neighboring Cienega Valley vineyard, as well as from vines on Pietra Santa’s own estate, including some planted in 1905. The wine spends 36 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, but the fruit has retained a nice sweetness, despite the extended aging. It displays juicy berry flavors along with a note of tobacco and medium tannins. The wine is nicely balanced (and more than carries its 15.2 percent alcohol) and has a long, persistent finish. And, at $18, it’s reasonably priced. The winery suggests pairing this wine with grilled foods or hearty winter fare. I think it would be a nice partner for a warming beef stew, pizza or even with hard cheese that’s not too strongly flavored.

Reviewed January 9, 2007 by Laurie Daniel.

The Wine

Winery: Pietra-Santa Vineyards and Winery
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Zinfandel
Appellation: Cienega Valley
Grape: Zinfandel
Price: 750ml $18.00

Review Date: 1/9/2007

The Reviewer

Laurie Daniel

Laurie Daniel, wine columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, has been reviewing wine for more than 10 years. She doesn’t use numbers, preferring to describe her recommended wines and let consumers decide for themselves. Laurie believes that bigger isn’t necessarily better; she’s partial to wines of balance, finesse and character. Her particular interests are Pinot Noir (versions that really taste like Pinot, that is) and aromatic whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.