Sunce Winery & Vineyard, Nebbiolo 2006, St. Olof Vineyard, Clear Lake, California
Tasting Note: California nebbiolo?
Yep, it’s possible, and this aged, 2006 bottle of Nebbiolo I’m finally enjoying in 2020 is proof that California nebbiolo can both age and show beautifully even after 14 years.
Medium-intensity ruby with hints of garnet around the edges, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of red cherry, red plum, strawberry jam, red currant, blossom and rosehip.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied nebbiolo has medium-plus-intensity, red-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium-plus acidity and slightly-grippy, medium-plus tannin.
Bright cherry fruit shines along the midpalate and charms the senses through to the medium-plus finish.
Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and it could see some promise outside of its Piedmont home.
Bottle Note: Sunce is a family winery located in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County. We specialize in small artisan lots of varietal wine and classic blends. “To find eternity in a grain of sand or in a drop of wine.” This nebbiolo, aka “The Noble Grape” is very representative of its Italian origins exuding intense aromas of plums, truffle and cedar following through to a full-bodied palate laden with ripe cherries, violets and black licorice, finishing long with velvety tannins and an ultra-rich aftertaste. Only 18 barrels made.
Tasting Date: December 9, 2020