Tonight we found ourselves opening a 2012 Moon Mountain Zinfandel from Repris, a unique winery nestled high up on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountain range in Sonoma. The bottle was in our Fall 2014 club shipment so we thought it was ready to drink and we felt deserving of a splurge-worthy wine.
For starters, there was aromatic red and black fruit on the nose. Then it opened with a bright burst of berry on the palate. The best part was the finish, which was spicy and velvety. It was elegant and sophisticated, which is not typically the terms one might associate with a Zin. However, this is a special Zin and not your typical everyday drinking wine. With a plus or minus $70 price tag it should be amazing!
And the Secret Password Is…
So, several years ago on a sunny spring day, we made the short hour and a half drive from our residence to Repris. With an early afternoon appointment scheduled, we traveled along Highway 12 toward Moon Mountain Road. We slowly ascended up the winding route, past residential estates and vineyards, and eventually arrived at a gated entrance with a Repris sign so obscure we almost missed it. We followed the dialing instructions on the call box and I practically expected the voice on the other end to ask us for the magic word for entry. With access granted, we drove through the open gate and down the hill, where a large turreted building beckoned us toward the parking area.
Is there Milk in that Barrel?
After briefly catching up, Skip escorted us into the caves where he explained we were in the safest place should an earthquake strike (the terrain of the Moon Mountain property is volcanic rock). As we meandered through the caves, we were followed by the fearless winery cat, who promptly perched himself up on a barrel like he owned the place. We had the opportunity to taste several wines directly from the barrel. One was a zinfandel that knocked our socks off. As we exited the caves and squinted to adjust our eyes to the bright sunlight, Skip walked us over to one of several ATVs parked outside the tasting room.
Skip revved up the engine
Repris offers limited production wines only to members and by appointment. Our club tasting visits and club shipments over the past two years have included other interesting varietals and blends, such as Grenache, Petit Verdot, and a Merlot/Malbec blend, of which we bought futures. Wine prices for reds are about $70 and on up.
Repris also has a sister winery called Pangloss Cellars in Sonoma. I think of Pangloss as the value version of Repris. Same winemaker, great quality, but lower price point. Another winery worth a visit!