90 pts-Zinfandel Chronicles
90pts-Eric Tansey, CSW-The Red Dress Primitivo 2012 is dark red in color, almost purple. A very dark wine with a heavy stain. Long, thick tears that dawdle down the glass. Powerful aromas that remind me of a chocolate cover pretzel that you might dip into some wild berry jam. On the palate there are plenty of fruit characteristics to be identified. Red and black fruit with even a touch of blueberry. On the mid palate you get the oak, which is very pretzel-like but definitely a soft pretzel. The finish is where it gets fun. As you begin to swallow this wine you can really get the dill characteristic. Really, go grab the dill from your spice cabinet and give it a whiff to make sure you know which herbal aroma I am talking about. On the breath, the wine leaves you with a little crushed rose petal, which reminds me of Italy even though this is Sonoma. Very cool wine and worth trying, especially with the story below. Cheers!
115 cases produced
A huge, lush wine made from 100% primitivo grapes — the Italian cousin to zinfandel — from the Rose Vineyard. Enjoy now or cellar.
This is our first attempt at primitivo. The fruit comes from the Rose Vineyard off Adobe Road in Kenwood in the Sonoma Valley. Owners Steve & Colleen Rose own the Spanish Tapas Bar The Vineyard Inn on route 12 in the heart of Kenwood. The vineyard is planted with primitivo and merlot. ‘Red Dress’ spent 30 months in the barrel and was bottled in August, 2015.