July 23, 2008
We stopped at Zina Hyde Cunningham on our first day in California. Several of the other wineries recommended them, so we made it our last stop on our way back to town. I didn't take any pictures for some reason, or if I did, I can't find them, so the image is from the winery's website. The tasting room was great inside, it had a huge tasting bar, plenty of room to meander about, and we were the only people there, so it was great to have the place all to ourselves!
2005 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc: $18. Melon, pineapple, tart, acidic, good.
2005 Pinot Noir: $40. Syrupy, cherry, plum, spice, light flavors.
2004 Redwood Valley "Old Wine" Zinfandel: $28. Made from 100 year old vines. Berries, peppery, raspberry, tasty.
2004 Lake County Petite Sirah: $24. Chocolate, blueberry, spice, lots of berries. We took home 2 bottles.
2004 Redwood Valley Zinfandel Reserve: Brown sugar, less fruit, berries.
2004 Lake County 'Cepage': $34. 44% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot. Caramelized sugar, dark fruit, very tannic.
I wanted to take home the Sauvignon Blanc and the Old Vine Zin as well as the Petite Sirah, but since it was the end of the day and I had already way blown the budget for the day, I had to settle for just the Petite Sirah, which was actually my favorite Petite Sirah from the whole trip!