Wonderment Wines was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Cook. The wines are focused on specific terroir where each wine represents the vineyards distinctive style and expression. Stephanie honed her winemaking skills at Robert Biale Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate and Spy Valley in New Zealand before going out on her own.
Stephanie recently sent me her new releases to review.
- 2012 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Campbell’s Vineyard – Magenta in color. 15.3% ABV. Red fruits, baking spice and citrus fruit on the nose. Medium body with nice mouthfeel and medium acidity. Cranberries, pomegranate, cloves and nutmeg on the palate. Promising finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $40 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.
- 2012 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Opaque purple in color. 13.9% ABV. Blue fruits, cocoa, wet pavement and a floral element on the nose. Big and brawny. Gritty on the palate with mouth coating tannins. Flavors of blueberries, iron and black cherries. Tons of potential here. Give this a few years in the cellar. $45 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.
- 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Vineyard – From century old vines in Lake County. Purple in color. 16.1% ABV. Brambly red fruits, pepper and a hint of peach on the nose. Lush and decadent. Rich flavors of raspberry, black licorice and white pepper on the palate. Seamless and delicious with a great finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $35 at the winery. My rating: 93 points.
- 2012 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Rockpile – Maroon in color. 15.5% ABV. Black fruits, plums and pepper on the nose. Medium body with strong acidity. Black cherries, blackberries and spicy black pepper on the palate. Long finish. Claret style Zinfandel at its finest. Drink over the next 4-6 years. $50 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.
- 2012 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard – Light red in color. 13.5% ABV. Red fruits, cola and spearmint on the nose. Light in body with medium acidity. Cherries, earth, forest floor and cranberries on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Somewhat Burgundian. This wine needs a few years in the cellar. $50 at the winery. My rating: 90 points.
These are some of the most exciting samples I have received this year. Consider signing up for the mailing list. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.
I blogged about Wonderment Wines previously in Zinfandel of the Month – 2012 Wonderment Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard.
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