Great Wines of the North Bay

Ferrari-Carano: 2006 Tre Terre Chardonnay

Apr, 2009 Issue

Reviewer:
Tom Schmidt, Executive Chef of John Ash Restaurant in Santa Rosa.
 
“A perfect food wine, Ferrari-Carano’s 2006 Tre Terre Chardonnay is delicious with the Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops and Mango Sauce because of its significant fruit component. This is a terrior-driven Chardonnay showing earthy notes of mineral, green apple and citrus, complemented by rich and delicious flavors of fig, warm caramel, cinnamon spice and toasted almond.”


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Rodney Strong: 2005 Alexander Crown Cabernet Sauvignon

Mar, 2009 Issue

Reviewer:
Jeff Reilly, Executive Chef of Equus Restaraunt in Santa Rosa
 
"This is an absolutely delicious wine. Surprisingly light tannins juicy jammy and smooth. The 2005 Alexander Crown Cabernet Sauvignon has the classic earthiness found in the Alexander Valley which pair nicely with roasted root vegetables while the mild tannins work fantastically with the lamb and the creamy polenta."

 


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Kunde Estate: Zinfandel

Feb, 2009 Issue

Reviewer:
Steve Litke, Chef of Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville, CA
 
“Full bodied, fruit forward, generous wine, with ripe blackberry,
 blueberry jam and notes of cranberry.  Aromas of clove, dried rose,
 vanilla bean and toast.”


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Marcucci Farms: 2005 Zinfandel

Jan, 2009 Issue

Reviewer:
Tai Olesky, chef and owner of Mosaic Restaurant & Wine Lounge in Forestville
 
"The bright red fruit of this Zinfandel lends itself to a perfect pairing with this dish. The wine has a wonderfully balanced acidity and soft, supple texture. I love the red raspberry and lightly spiced plum flavors right up front, ending with a cherry cola finish. What a great food wine!"


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Rodney Strong: 2005 Symmetry

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Reviewer:
Jeff Mall Executive Chef, owner of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg.
 
"The 2005 Symmetry, with it's Bordeaux profile, is a great pairing with this marinated & grilled lamb. The rich and bold flavors of the grilled lamb, the spices in the marinade and smokiness of the bacon are fully complemented by this Cabernet blend. A rich and elegant wine that works great with this simple dish."

 


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Marcucci Farms: 2005 Zinfandel

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Reviewer:
Josef Keller Executive Chef, Owner of Josef’s in Santa Rosa.
 
"This nicely balanced fruity Italian style Zinfandel lends itself to a hearty meat sauce dish, such as the Osso Buco. While fruity, the full bodied wine has a tartness that will not over power the sauce, and the full nose and elegant ruby color of the Zin only enhance the whole dining experience."


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Ferrari-Carano: 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Reviewer:
Tom Schmidt, Executive Chef, of John Ash Restaurant in Santa Rosa.
 
"A style of wine that best accompanies food, the 2005 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, black tea, earth, and licorice. Ripe black fruit, currants, toffee and caramel flavors round out this classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Pairs perfectly with roasted, broiled or barbecued heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses such as blue or sharp cheddar also pair nicely."


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Kunde Estate: Sonoma Valley Cabernet

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

 
Reviewer:
Richard Whipple, Executive Chef of Brasserie in Santa Rosa
 
"A beautiful Sonoma Valley Cabernet with great color and fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry. The wine has herbal accents of fennel and anise and soft tannins that pair well with lamb and beef."


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