Not exactly a combination I’d think of, but when I walked back to the Zucca Mountain tasting room, the tasting room attendant happened to be sitting outside packaging California Poppy Seeds. He kindly gave me a package to take home and suggested I plant them in containers if I’m trying to grow them in VA….our climate is a touch different than Northern CA!
If you are pretty much any taller than I am (which isn’t difficult, I’m really not that tall) you’d best watch your head as you duck (literally) into the Zucca Mountain tasting room. It’s carved into the tiniest portion of the “basement” of the building that also houses its gift shop. If you put 5 people in the cave-like area, that would be too many. The tasting bar is also tiny, but I found it cozy and perfectly sized for me
2006 Chardonnay: $16. Pear, peach, light, honey, apricot, crisp.
2006 Sangiovese Rosato: $15. Crab apples, berries, crisp, red berries, lime, very dry.
2005 Sangiovese: $34. Bright cherries, strawberries, red fruit, sweet note, tannic, nice structure.
2006 Barbera: $32. Smoky, plums, stewed fruit, raspberries, red fruit, chocolate on the back palate, totally different wine, really nice. My favorite of the tasting, I took home one bottle.
2005 Syrah: $28. Meaty, vanilla, smoky spices, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, long finish. I took home one bottle.
2005 Sorprendere: $25. Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera blend. Blackberries, cracked pepper, plums, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, smooth, very drinkable.
2007 Syrah Port: $26. Really fruity, berries jump out, huge nose, flowers, chocolate, dark berries, great with chocolate. My dad is a huge Port fan and I always pick one up for him, so I bought one of these to give him next time I see him! I’d never had a Syrah Port before.
Overall, a great selection of wines. The reds were fantastic and I wanted to take all of them home. The tasting room attendant was excellent too, very knowledgeable about wines of all kinds. He worked in the area as the wine buyer for Safeway for 30 years. And surprisingly enough to those of us not in CA….you can actually buy pretty good wine at the Safeways in Northern CA!