Tight and well-structured, with complex wild berry, black cherry, mineral, cedar and tar flavors. Full-bodied, intense and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2022. 745 cases made. —J.L.
Wine of the Year – Winemaker Challenge
88 points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
90 Points Wine Spectator
4 GOLD MEDALS– Pacific Rim Int’l, Tasters Guild, Critics Challenge,
98 points/BEST OF CLASS—California State Fair
90 Points California Grapevine
7 Gold Medals: Winemakers’ Challenge (PLATINUM), Monterey Wine Festival, Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, North of the Gate Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle, “Best of Class Napa Appellations”/Gold/95 points—California State Fair
2009 Doctor’s Vyd. (Santa Lucia) Pinot Noir
90 points Wine Enthusiasts
89 points California Grapevine
Gold Medal- Taster’s Guild International
“Best of California”/“Best of Class Napa Appellations”/Gold/98 points—California State Fair;
“Best of Class”/Gold— North of the Gate Wine Competition
5 Gold Medals: L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Gold/“Best of Class”—North of the Gate Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, “Best of Region North Coast Appellations”, “Best of Class North Coast Appellations”; Double Gold / 98 points—California State Fair
3 Gold Medals: Winemakers’ Challenge, “Best of Show”/Gold—San Diego Int’l Wine Competition; Double Gold/98 points—California State Fair
2008 Late Harvest Riesling
“Best of Region Napa Appellations”/”Best of Class”/Double Gold/98 points—California State Fair
4 Gold Medals: Tasters Guild, Riverside Int’l Wine Competition, Monterey Wine Competition, “Best of Class”/Gold—Los Angeles Int’l Wine Competition;
2 Gold Medals —Grand Harvest Awards and San Diego Wine Competition
BEST WINE OF 2010, Frederic Koeppel, Wine Writer
Wine of the Week About.com
90 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine
89 points- Wine Enthusiasts
2008 Gilsson Vineyard (Russian River) Zinfandel
92 points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
92 Points – Snooth.com
Gold Medal- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Wine of the Week – Vinecdote.com
5 Gold Medals: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Tasters Guild, Critics Challenge, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Comp.
89 points- Wine Enthusiasts
4 Gold Medals: San Diego Int’l Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Comp., Monterey Wine Festival, Gold/95 points—California State Fair
2007 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Gold Medals: Amenti del Vino, San Diego Int’l Wine Competition, Gold/94 points—California State Fair; Winemaker’s Challenge (PLATINUM)
3 Stars – Decanter Magazine
4 Gold Medals: Tasters Guild, North of the Gate Wine Competition, L.A. Int’l Wine Competition, Gold/94 points—California State Fair
“Among the top 25 Cabernets of Napa Valley”—top100Cabs.com
2 Gold Medals: Orange County Fair, Amenti del Vino
4 Stars Highly recommended – Decanter Magazine
2 Gold Medal- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Taster’s Guild International
90 Points— Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
89 Points California Grapevine
There was a time, and it was not so long ago, in which the Zinfandel was an “Also-Ran”. It was the grape behind the sturdy red jug wine blends from the North Coast and, when bottled on its own, it sold for $1.50 and came with a screw top. As time went on, and attention was given to what these old vines could produce, a gradual awareness and popularity rose among wine makers and those who simply preferred drinking the mature Cabernet Sauvignon like reds. Maturity of vines and the emphasis of a berryish fruit that Zinfandels can offer catapulted the once meager wine into a position of appreciation where it and our wine rest now.
92 V. SATTUI Gilsson Vineyard 2008
Russian River Valley. More a wine of mass and muscle than it is one of refinement, this bottling earns top honors. It opens with a concentrated nose of blackberries and picks up hints of peppers and sweet spices as it airs, and it follows with extracted well-fruited flavors that are supported by good acid and plenty of young tannins. Time is very much on its side, and a solid and serious Zinfandel awaits those who possess the patience to wait a few years. $35.00
This appellation bottle from Dry Creek is well balance, very much focused on spiced Zinfandel berries and pulls back a step or two in terms of obvious ripeness. It is, in short, the kind of Zin that we will more often reach for at the table.$25.00
Dry Creek Valley. Leading with sweet, ripened aromas of raspberry preserves and glimmers of chocolate, the mouth filling wine follows suit on the palate with wide-open flavors that are unstinting in straight-ahead Zinfandel fruit. There is heat at the finish and a bias to ripeness throughout, but the wine succumbs to neither and should make a tasty partner to barbecued ribs of the next several years.$34.00
Undisguised ripeness plays a role here, yet so too does a good measure of slightly jammy, pepper-accented, blackberry fruit. A little more open and lower in tannin than a good many of its mates, very rich and fleshy, full-bodied wine tilts ever so slightly to softness and should be tagged for drinking sooner than later.$29.75
Russian River Valley One of the tighter and more structured members of its clan, this briary, nicely oaked effort smacks of both blueberries and plums in the nose and follows with like-minded flavors whose fruit is brightened by an obvious trim of acid that brings with it a few angles and edges.$35.00
Our Harvest season has come to and end…..thank you to all who watched us Crush live today on ustream!
2010 Harvest Wrap Up
Cooler weather lingered through the summer in the Napa Valley—July and August temperature were more than five degrees below average—resulting in a later harvest than usual.
That large ridge of high pressure that influenced most of the weather in the country received all summer meant low pressure here on the West Coast, brigning cool Pacific air flooding inland and foggy mornings nearly every day.
Cool temperatures generally induce better color development and acid balance in the grapes, thus increasing quality and making the wines of the vintage exceptionally well-balanced and ideal for cellaring. Indeed we need only to look back to 2005, an exceptional vintage and…a cool weather year.
Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Laura Orozco, Asst Winemaker
and the Winemaking team at V. Sattui
The 2008 V. Sattui North Coast Petite Sirah was produced using fruit sourced in Lake County (65%), Napa Valley (30%) and Dry Creek Valley (5%). In addition to Petite Sirah (95%), this wine has some Zinfandel (5%) blended in. This wine is available directly from the winery for $30.
The first noteworthy thing about this wine is its color. Like most great Petite Sirah it leads with a deep, dark, purple hue. It’s fair to say it’s as dark as night. From there comes the nose which is deep and brooding, loaded with aromas of plum and blueberry. This Wine has a big, burly palate which features intensely layered black fruit flavors which intermingle with copious spice characteristics. Blackberry, plum, and blueberry are the dominant fruits; plum pudding spices are prominent as well. Earth and dark chocolate notes are present on the finish which has good length and oodles of complexity. This wine features solid acidity and firm, gripping tannins.
Petite Sirah is a grape whose offerings I look to taste as often as possible. Sometimes I run across a surprising example of the varietal that exceeds expectations. This 2008 release from V. Sattui is such a release. The intense layers of complexity and good length along with its overall balance make this a wine that provides more quality than its price point suggests. If you like classically styled Petite Sirah, this is an offering you’ll want to sample. This wine is delicious now, but some additional bottle age will help it round out a bit. If you have patience lay this down for about 5 years and you’ll be dutifully rewarded with an even more resolved wine. If you’re drinking it now I recommend decanting it for about 2 hours.
Three reviews from our new favorite Italian and member of the V. Sattui Family!
Posted by Gabe on October 12, 2010
Posted by Gabe on August 6, 2010
Posted by Gabe on July 28, 2010
Gabe Sasso is a freelance writer. He’s spent many of his vacations the last 2 decades traveling to wine regions. His curiosity about wine started, due in no small part, from being surrounded by a large Italian family. Most of his Uncles, his Father and his Grandfathers were all home winemakers. With that and many childhood trips to Italy as his Baptism into wine, his interest flourished as time passed. What was always a personal passion, bubbled to the surface as a vocation. In addition to this site, he’s a partner in Drink Dry Creek, a site dedicated to Dry Creek Valley California. Gabe is also the Wine Reviewer for Bullz-Eye.com, a contributing writer to Takeout Magazine, and he does freelance work for Asylum as well as others.
V. Sattui Winery Vittorio’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($35).
V. Sattui’s wines have consistently been chosen by its industry peers on the panel as the best of the best. The wine is very fleshy and full of dark cherry and black berry flavors. The tannins are tight so the wine would be just that much better paired with a juicy, grilled steak.
St. Helena Star Vintner’s Panel
September 2, 2010