Geyserville, CA, United States
Alc. 14.5 %
When the Trentadue family first purchased land in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley in 1959, the region was a far cry from the bustling wine tourism destination that it is today. Remote, wild, and planted primarily to dry-farmed orchards, it was only thanks to the hard work and vision of families like the Trentadues that the area was gradually transformed into a world-class wine region.
Some of the grapevines on the estate date to the late 1800s, when the property was known as Heart's Desire Nursery and owned by a French botanist named Andrew Bouton. "Newer" plantings date to the purchase of the property by the Trentadue family in the late 50s, and this continued preservation of old vines, and emphasis on quality, contribute to the outstanding wines they make to this day. "La Storia" means history, and this wine is a perfect distillation of the history of the family and the land. Enjoy now at about 18 C, or cellar for an additional 5-7 years.
Richly aromatic with plenty of blueberry jam, fresh blackberries, and black currants. Savoury notes of fresh herbs, loam, and tobacco add complexity and depth, along with hints of dark chocolate and liquorice.
Seamless and dense on the palate, with ripe tannins and great weight. The lifted acidity complements the structure nicely, and suggests additional ageing potential, though this is drinking beautifully right out of the gates. We'd recommend about an hour in a decanter if enjoying in the short term to express the wine's full complexity and draw out all the rich dark-fruit flavours.
Match with equally rich dishes like braised beef or lamb, or serve with a hearty vegetarian stew of roasted root vegetables and kale.