Spann Vineyards: An Innovative Producer’s New Releases February 2011

Peter and Betsy Spann (pictured here) own and operate a wonderful, boutique winery in the Maycamas Mountains of Sonoma. We’ve been reviewing their wines for several years now. The Spanns dry farm their vineyards and strive for low yields, in some cases as little as one ton per acre. All of the Spann wines are handcrafted in very small quantities using both New and Old World winemaking techniques (foot crushing, blending, destemming). We think this winery is proving to be an innovative producer of high quality, food-friendly California-style wines. Both the whites and the reds are showing well. Our previous reviews of Spann wines are available by Search on our home page.

Spann Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay-Viognier North Coast ($20) 89

This blend of 54% Chardonnay and 46% Viognier offers aromas of stone fruit and melon and a creamy mouth feel with ripe fruit flavors. The wine is rich tasting with a faintly astringent mid-palate and a long crisp finish. Chardonnay and Viognier blend well in this wine.

Spann Vineyards 2008 Mo Zin California ($20) 89+

The 2008 Mo Zin is an attractive blend of Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Primativo and Syrah. It exhibits a dark ruby color and aromas of ripe plum fruit with hints of toasted oak and pepper. It is nicely balanced with a velvet texture, round light tannins and a long finish. A delicious wine with good richness of color and flavor and ideal for grilled meats.

Spann Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Mayacamas Range, Sonoma ($35) 91

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon that offers aromas of pure blackberries and black currant fruit that are mirrored on the palate. Ripe and rich tasting on the palate, it offers wonderful black fruit flavors with notes of sweet chocolate, a silky mouth feel, round tannins and a long finish. We have enjoyed tasting this wine over the years; it is a real winner.

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