Sonoma 2012

Brandon Lapides, Armida Winery, Vision Wine Brands, Armida
Winemaker, Brandon Lapides of Armida Winery.
  • Brandon Lapides, Armida Winery, Vision Wine Brands, Armida
  • Brandon Lapides, Armida Winery, Vision Wine Brands, Armida
  • Armida Winery, Armida, Petite Syrah
  • Bruce Cousins, Robert Mazurkiewicz, Armida Winery, Vision Wine Brands
  • Ricardo Castiblanco, Brandon Lapides, Robert Mazurkiewicz, Armida Winery
  • Mike Tierney, Taft Street, Vision Wine Brands
  • Russian River, Mike Tierney, Taft Street
  • Sheldon Winery, Sheldon, Vision Wine Brands
  • Nick Goldschmidt, Vision Wine Brands, Forefathers, Fidelity
  • Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River, Vision Wine Brands

We visited Sonoma in February 2012 to preview their upcoming releases. The 2010 vintage had early rains, a cool growing season, and a heat spike in the fall. Yields were low. In general the wines displayed lower sugar, higher acids, and deep colors and flavors. The productiion levels were down, and overall the wines displayed restraint and elegance. The 2011 vinage had a cool spring and summer season. The harvest was lighter and later than usual. The lower sugar levels gave winemakers the opportunity to make flavorful, elegant wines. For the second year in a row production levels were low and with careful sorting and vinification the quality of the wines was good to very good.