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.
2014 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dutton-Campbell Vineyard – Light red in color. Almost translucent. 14.1% ABV. Seductive nose of red fruits, flowers and baking spices. Light body with medium acidity. Delicate and ethereal. Cherries, cranberries, cloves and spice on the palate. Very feminine in style. The finish lingers. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $40 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.
2014 Wonderment Wines Pinot Noir Dr. Stan’s Vineyard – Very light red in color. 14.4% ABV. Red fruits, cherry cola and earth on the nose. Light body with medium acidity. Somewhat Burgundian in style. Bing cherries, pomegranate, soil and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Drink over the next 3-4 years. $50 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.
2014 Wonderment Wines Petite Sirah Bacigalupi Vineyard – Violet almost inky in color. 14.1% ABV. Powerful nose of blue fruits, tar and iron. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity. Glass staining. Concentrated, dense and powerful. Blueberries, cocoa powder and charcoal on the palate. Substantial tannins on a very long finish. $45 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.
2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Blood red in color. 14.5% ABV. Show stopping nose of sweet red fruits, spiced plums and white pepper. Plush and rich with medium acidity. Raspberry, blackberry, plums and pepper on the palate. Slight tannins on a long finish. Give this wine 3-5 years in the cellar. Super Zinfandel from one of my favorite vineyards. $40 at the winery and retail. My rating: 92 points.
2014 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Burton Ranch Zinfandel – Bright crimson in color. 15.9% ABV. Super nose of sweet, jammy red fruits, licorice and pepper. Medium body with juicy acidity. Nicely balanced. Raspberry compote, cocoa powder, cherry liqueur and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Outstanding Zinfandel. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $35 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.
A nice set of wines with the Zins stealing the show. Most of us are on too many mailing lists to begin with so I usually hesitate before suggesting you sign yourself up. I’ll make an exception here. I look forward to following the winery in the years to come.
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