Monday, August 31, 2009

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, CA - red wine tasting

I didn't just love this winery because they offered complimentary tastings! Jacuzzi Family Vineyards' tasting room is housed in a really beautiful building inspired by the family's original home in Italy. It is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! The building, the stained glass, the lookout tower, the landscaping, the cool fountain with Neptune wearing sunglasses - awesome! And it all backed right up to their vineyard. I was in heaven!

Right next door and in the same building is The Olive Press, where they make fresh, awesome olive oils! You HAVE to try both the winery and The Olive Press!

This winery had so many different wines, and our host Britton (a former firefighter) was knowledgeable about them.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Aleatico 2006, Sonoma Valley, CA - $20
Unchilled taste - sweet and fruity (not my favorite)
Chilled taste - better, more refreshing, not just sweet
Aleatico is a member of the Muscat family, which explains the sweetness of this wine.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007, Sonoma County, CA - $22
This was interesting - Britton had us try this wine before and after aeration.
Pre-aeration - dry and peppery
Post-aeration - smoother

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Sangiovese 2006, Sonoma County, CA - $22
Aroma - bright, peppery, fruity
Taste - fruity, peppery

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Nebbiolo 2007, Carneros, CA - $28
Aroma - very fruity
Taste - dry
Nebbiolo is an Italian red grape.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Lagrein 2006, Paso Robles, CA - $28
Aroma - chocolate, prunes
Taste - chocolate, prunes
Lagrein is a red grape descendant of Teroldego, and is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Nero d'Avola 2007, Tracy Hills, CA - $26
Aroma - strawberries, pepper
Taste - smooth, vanilla, rich
Nero d'Avola is considered to be the most important red wine grape in Italy, and is one of Italy's most important indigenous varietals.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barbera 2007, Mendocino County, CA - $25
Tastes young - will have to try it when it ages - just tasted too green for me

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Primitivo 2006, Lake County, CA - $22
Aroma - jammy
Taste - coffee, fruit
Primitivo and Zinfandel are apparently very closely related.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Rosso Di Sette Fratelli Merlot 2006, Carneros, CA - $20
Aroma - fruit, tobacco
Taste - fruit, tobacco, tobacco finish
I didn't like this wine, but D did.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Sonoma Valley, CA - $25
Aroma - vanilla, caramel
Taste - earthy, lots of tannins
Aerated aroma and taste - brings out the nut and fruit

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Valeriano 2005, Carneros, CA - $40
This wine was a blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
Aroma - herbal
Taste - dry
Aerated aroma - more vegetal
Aerated taste - smoother

If you want to take a picnic, there is a great little courtyard with umbrella-covered tables and chairs. It's really lovely!

1 comment:

Emily said...

Primativo sounds interesting...I want to try some.