2011 Old World Winery 1890 Block
Russian River, Sonoma, CA
 
WB Rating: 87

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.8%
Price at time of purchase: $55.00 (from Winery)
 
Type: Rhone-style Red
Principal varietal(s): Blend of five varietals, both white and red

A truly unique wine made from ancient grapes grown on Martinelli Road, more than 50% of which are white even though the wine is deep plum in color. The varietals are Muscadelle, Arbouriou, Zinfandel, Mondeuse Noir, Trousseau Gris, and Chasselas (!). I like this wine best served just slightly chilled, which seems to bring out the refreshing and pungently spicy/herbal rhubarb, strawberry, and apricot fruit flavors. Well balanced, graceful in the mouth, and flexible with food, this is a fun (if pricey) wine and unlike anything else I've tasted recently. - HK 2013-07-01

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