Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The December Zinfandel of the Month is the 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard.

Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.

Bacigalupi Vineyard is situated on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg. The Zinfandel vines date back to the 1950’s.

Deep purple in color. 15.9% ABV. Red fruits, pepper and lavender on the nose. Full bodied and rich with nice structure and complexity. Raspberry compote, black cherries, strawberries and pepper on the palate. Supple tannins on a satisfying finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

$40 at the winery. This was my first chance to try a wine from Wonderment. The focus on exceptional vineyards is admirable. Lots to like here and certainly a winery to keep an eye on.

This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.

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