A trip to the winery nearly 50 years ago would have found a lovely, quaint winery much the same as we would find it today. Only then we filled our car with wine because it wasn't even sold in Southern California.
Lots of things have changed here, but fortunately, Valley of the Moon winery is still a beacon in Sonoma as it was when founded in 1863. The winery passed through several hands until closing during the Depression, as did so many others.
It was revived in the 40s by the Parducci and Domenici Families, who established vineyards with the grapes of their homeland, namely Sangiovese, Barbera, and Primitivo, which we call Zinfandel.
The property is currently owned by Tony Stewart and his family, who are very committed to respecting the history of Valley of the Moon. They updated the winery equipment and vineyards but kept the look and feel of its ancestry.
Our selection is a tribute to that ancestry as Blend 41 refers to the year that the Parducci and Domenici Families purchased the winery. It is a blend of those grapes planted in 1941, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The intense berry fruit here is married to the chocolate and cherry that are held together by the gripping tannins that are just now beginning to soften. This delight could easily be confused with a big and bold Chianti as the proper foil for sausages, tomato sauces, or grilled meats. And, don't hold the garlic.