90 Parmeson 2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast). Light copper-pink in color, this vineyard-designate shows a wealth of peach and orange flavors that combine to refreshing effect. Lightly made in a bright accessible style, the wine offers a moderate body weight and texture that’s pleasing on the palate. —V.B. abv: 13.9% Price: $25
Parmeson Wines, Sonoma County,
I recently had the pleasure of tasting wines from this relatively new winery. Quite by accident I found out that the son of one of my college fraternity brothers owns this winery; so, I ordered a Cabernet Sauvignon ($$$), a Chardonnay ($$), and a Pinot Noir ($$) to see how he was doing. The Cabernet Sauvignon was outstanding with very soft tannins, a super smooth mouthfeel, and with a slight floral note that was just perfect. I gave it a 9.4 out of 10 on my delectable.com account and promptly ordered a case. A few weeks later, after tasting the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir, I did the same; so, that should tell you something. Winemaker Tom Parmeson also makes a Zinfandel ($$) from vines planted in the 1890’s (Old vine Zinfandel is highly prized) that is receiving high accolades, but I haven’t tried one of those yet. These wines should be available locally soon, but I don’t know yet what the pricing will be. They are available online now at the winery website www.parmesonwines.com for shipment to Virginia, but Blue Ridge Beverage will be their distributor when their Virginia license is approved. Keep an eye out for these wines.
The 2014 Parmeson Zinfandel Alegria Vineyard is more interesting. It offers aromas of spicy red berries with hints of earth on the nose. It has a tangy palate of plum fruit and underbrush, good concentration and a touch of oak.