It’s our goal that Chris and I visit a new winery or two when we’re in the Valley. Our trip last June brought us to a small winery in Calistoga. We arrived early afternoon with some friends on a very warm, sunny day (it was forecasted to be 100ºF and it was getting hot!) Some winery’s require tasting appointments and Laura Michael is one that does, so be sure to call ahead. Their tasting room is small and quaint, but it was comfortable and cool. We were greeted by their lab as we entered the cozy tasting room. There were three tastings options; A $10-$25 tasting fee per person includes five-nine wines; seven current releases can be sampled for $15; or the Reserve Cabernet tasting can be sampled for $10. We opted for the seven current releases, which mostly included Zinfandel’s. Chris and I were pleased so we bought a few bottles to take home.
Medium color depth with a ruby hue.
Moderate aromas of spice, blackberry, dark fruit, and black pepper.
Dry, medium-bodied with lively acidity and the tannins were soft. Initial sweet taste with rich mid-palate flavors following a long lingering finish.
How much: $35.00
Region/Appellation: Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley.
Old Vine Zinfandel from the Mayo Family Vineyard.
I rated the 2010 Laura Michael Wines Zinfandel three glasses.
Life is too short to drink crappy wine. Expand your palate and keep trying.