January 13 wine of the week

Valley of the Moon Blend ’41

Valley of the Moon. Lee Newspapers photo.

By Chris and Sherry Hardie/Brambleberry Winery

The Valley of the Moon Winery blends Sonoma Valley winemaking heritage of more than 150 years with a modern winery and sustainable viticulture.

The Stewart family purchased the winery in 2012 and has brought back the historic Madrone Vineyards — the name it first had when grapes were planted in 1863.

This red blend is labeled as a Tuscan, homage to the Italian immigrants who settled in the valley. It’s a bit of nearly every grape they grow: zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, sangiovese, souzão, barbera, petite sirah and pinot noir.

The diverse blend has dark fruit flavors, soft tannins and a rich finish.

Sherry: “Fruity raspberry and plum with a touch of leather on the finish.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Chris: “An herbal and leathery bouquet with flavors of cherry, blueberry and plum.” (3.75 stars out of 5)

Available from $13.50 to $17

Coming next week: Rich & Creamy Chardonnay

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