Saturday, October 21, 2017

Trentadue Old Patch Red Lot #43, 2015

The label bills this as a "delicious 'bistro' style blend," and it matched up well with my Thai Barbecue Flank Steak dish at Food Dance Cafe in Kalamazoo. It offers up bright, spicy fruit and an appropriate degree of ripeness. For the price ($12.99 retail and $34 on the wine list at Food Dance), it also has significant concentration and some intriguing Dry Creek Zinfandel traits.

Ridge Vineyards' Geyserville Red ranks at the very top of my Zinfandel list, and the grapes for this wine have been purchased from Leo Trentadue's vineyards for many years. Great grapes, great wine. Trentadue's Old Patch Red Lot #43 is less ambitious but has a blend similar to that of Ridge Geyserville: 73% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane and 2% Sangiovese.

Deep and dark. Lush aromas and flavors of berries and dark cherries. Ripe but good acidity. All of the special qualities of Dry Creek Zin and Petite Sirah--peppery, spicy, tannic. Long finish. Is this the "poor man's Geyserville Red"?

I would love to see Trentadue wines come back into my marketing area. Maybe this is a start?

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