Selecting just one wine to feature each month is a difficult task. And choosing one from a single winery where everything is consistently outstanding is even harder. Soda Rock of Healdsburg in Sonoma County provided us that challenge for June. Long considered by many on our executive board as their favorite stop during January’s Winter Wineland, Soda Rock is now facing the daunting task of rebuilding their historic structure after last fall’s fires. We can all do our part to help Ken and Diane Wilson, and their team, by buying their wine.
The obvious key to making great wine is to start with great grapes. Soda Rock’s winemaker, Antoine Favero, nurtures these in abundance. His signature Zinfandels are each uniquely crafted to their respective vineyards. While every Soda Rock Zin (or Sauv Blanc or Cab or...) we have tried has been exceptional, for June we focus on their Primitivos.
A black-skinned Italian grape that is genetically identical to California Zinfandel, Primitivo was long ago used for blending. Today it stands firmly on its own. Whether it be their 2016 Los Amigos or their current releases—Lytton Station Alexander Valley ($34) or Rockpike Ranch Reserve ($55)—these wines exhibit the wonderful combination of berries and pepper that provide a jammy flavor and long finish. Go to sodarockwinery.com and pick some of these Primitivos. Then drop us a line and thank us for the recommendation! Better yet, the next time you are in Sonoma County make sure you visit Soda Rock and tell them Peninsula Underground sent you. Savor their wines and give the resilient Lord Snort a push!
For providing a drinking experience way above its price point, Soda Rock Primitivo is our June wine-of-the-month.