SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — I have some appealing wines from Sonoma County to let you in on this week. The first is from Trione Vineyards & Winery. We’ll start with the 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This one has rich, luscious aromas with a toasty, buttery quality. Yes, it’s very rich on the palate, so save it for a lobster dinner or a roast chicken. Let the richness linger. It’s fairly priced at $23 as this is a 2010 vintage.
Then you should move on to the 2010 Trione Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. This one is loaded. It’s rich with ripe, plum-like aromas that lead to a serious mouthful of wine. In fact, the fullness of the tannic backbone really comes as a bit of a surprise. There’s plenty of fruit to balance that tannin and a few years of age really pay off here. It’s finely priced at $35.
Next you should slip over to the Dry Creek Valley where Quivira Zinfandel from 2011 expresses a bright, red raspberry aroma. It’s almost jam-like. Rich and ripe fruit-forward flavors dance on the palate and are nicely balanced. This is certainly not one of those 16-percent alcohol wines. It’s perfect with BBQ ribs or grilled chicken. How about a grilled sausage party? That would work well too. $22 is a very nice price for this bottle.
Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.
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