Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Releases from Wonderment Wines

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. Wonderment Wines produces Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc.

Stephanie recently sent me some of her new wines to try.

2017 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – The Vineyard is situated on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg and the vines date back to the 1950’s. Crimson in color. 16.3% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, peach and licorice. Rich, lush and well balanced. Silky, full bodied and modern in style with jammy fruits in spades. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, baking spices and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and seamless. Super Zinfandel from an amazing vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Best over the next 3-5 years. $44 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.

2017 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Pritchett Peaks Vineyard – Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, peach and baking spices. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Elegant and charming Claret style Zinfandel. Black cherry, salmonberry, earth and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Unique Zinfandel that is thoroughly enjoyable. Best over the next 2-4 years. $55 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.

2018 Wonderment Wines Rosé of Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – Salmon colored and 13.5% ABV. Charming nose of red fruits, citrus and flowers. Light to medium body with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing. Cranberry, blood orange and minerals on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Easy to drink and delicious on a warm Spring afternoon. What more could you ask for? Best over the next several years. $18 at the winery and retail. My rating: 89 points.

I get samples from wineries frequently. With that in mind the set from Wonderment is always something I look forward to.

Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.

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