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Fidelity Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2017
The Story The Nick Goldschmidt Fidelity Alexander Valley Railroad Estate Zinfandel 2017 is 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah sourced from the Railroad Estate vineyard in Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California. Nick Goldschmidt is the head of a vineyard and winemaking family, everyone get involved, including the children. They have vineyards and wineries in New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and Alexander Valley, California. Goldschmidt Vineyards is mainly a Cabernet Sauvignon House and they have several different lines of wine. The Fidelity label is almost their entry-level line of wines. But when I go into the details you will see there isn't much entry-level about them, except for the reasonable price. The Fidelity Zinfandel is sourced from a single vineyard, the Railroad Estate, the wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 15% new barrels the rest used, and only 2,000 cases are produced. There are 12 bottles to a case, so that's 24,000 bottles, which for California, is small production, boutique wine. So there, a single vineyard, 16 months barrel aging, small production red wine that I found in Chicago for $14.99. I would expect the Nick Goldschmidt Fidelity Alexander Valley Zinfandel to be found closer to $20 in most parts of the US. It is very well priced, even at the higher price. Alexander Valley is east of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma and it is the largest growing region in Sonoma. To the west is the Russian River and the Sonoma Cost AVAs, which are cool weather growing areas and well suited for Pinot Noir. The Alexander Valley is more inland and warmer and does very well with more full-bodied Red grapes. The alcohol content is a rather stout 15.1%. Tasting Notes The color, well there is some serious purple going on in my glass. The nose is ripe dark berries, a little vanilla, some spice, black pepper, raspberry, and a hint of raisin. This is a medium to full-bodied Zinfandel and is definitely not flavor shy. It starts with ripe blackberry mixed with black cherry, spice, vanilla crème, and pepper. The mid-palate offers blueberry in cream, orange zest, and tart cranberry. The tannins don't bite and the acidity is well-integrated into the body of the wine. The finish starts off strong and slowly fades away. The Summary If your experience with Zinfandel is mainly the value-priced Zins from Lodi, Sonoma Zinfandel tend to be more refined and elegant and the Fidelity Zin is no exception. A single vineyard, well-made, boutique Zinfandel in the under $20 price range is a must try. The Nick Goldschmidt Fidelity Alexander Valley Zinfandel is an excellent Zin at an outstanding price.
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Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
The Story The Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 is produced from vineyards in coastal Mendocino County, along with a smaller portion of grapes from the Russian River AVA and the Carneros AVA. Angelina is a family owned and operated winery and vineyards headquartered in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma. They produce another Pinot Noir, the California Pinot Noir, which is a mix of Central Coast and North Coast grapes. Mendocino County is located just north of Sonoma and has many of the vineyard advantages as coastal Sonoma County. But Mendocino County is not as well known to the average everyday wine enthusiast because even though Mendocino has great vineyards and fantastic wineries, it was California's outlaw marijuana growing capital. It seems the same out of the way hills and valleys that grapevines love so much are also ideal locations for the weed industry. Instead, Mendocino isn't known as Burgundy on the California coast, but for Mendocino Greeno. Angeline was founded 29 years ago, and here is a quote which is maybe their founding statement, "I love the challenge of creating incredible wines that over deliver. That’s where I like to play." Angeline's wines are affordable but they are not ordinary. Their website shows a list price of $20, but I found it on sale for $12.99. (Winery websites often show a list price that is higher than what you would find on store shelves because they do not want to directly compete with the wine shops that sell their wine.) The 2017 vintage in California was the first vintage after the extended drought and had a growing season lasting from mid-March to Mid-August. This Pinot Noir is aged in French oak barrels for 9 months, 40% of the barrels are new. The alcohol content is a robust 13.9%. The Tasting Notes The color is garnet red with black highlights, see-thru, but on the darker side for Pinot Noir. The nose is dark and brooding, there is cherry, but also herbs, spices, smoke from burning autumn leaves, followed by sweet strawberry and vanilla. The Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 is a smooth, but intense Pinot with solid acidity. It tastes of black cherry, Dr. Pepper, black pepper, and spice. The mid-palate offer dusty tannins, orange zest, strawberry and a cooling hit of vanilla. The acidity is very well controlled and the finish is full (especially for a well priced Pinot) and long. The Summary The Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 is an excellent, slightly higher alcohol, Pinot Noir. It has a sense of place, it isn't a pale version of the more expensive stuff. In the past there was high priced Pinot Noir and whatever the heck they were doing with the value-priced wine. Cheap Pinot Noir did't really have any relation to the pricey stuff. Today, value priced or more affordable Pinots are delicious and unique in their own right. So, light up or drink up, Mendocino has it going on.
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