Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rodrigue Molyneaux wines from Livermore Valley

Rodrigue Molyneaux winery and vineyards are family owned and hand-craft fine wines in a California country-style ranch in Livermore Valley. The estate is a perfect place to stop by to sample some wines and even enjoy a picnic on the grounds while experiencing California wine country.

Owner/winemaker Garry Rodrigue is an emeritus statistics professor at UC-Davis. He has brought together his technical skills and analytical mind to intensify his winemaking skills at Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery. This is a small winery where the winemaker is involved in every aspect of the winemaking operation from managing the vineyards, to crushing the grapes to producing the wine.

The 2008 Amianco Pinot Blanco is a creamy medium-bodied wine with good acidity and aromas and flavors of melon, citrus and honey with a distinctive butterscotch quality. It has a decent finish and will pair well with poultry and fish dishes. This wine is in new American oak for 5-6 months. They produced 150 cases of this wine.

The 2007 Primitivo is from Livermore Valley vineyards and has the aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry and strawberry with a jammy quality that you expect from a Zin. The spicy qualities lead into a good finish.

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is an award winning wine with a deep purple color and aromas of fig, raspberry, licorice and vanilla. On the palate it has a good balance and ripe tannins that lead to a long finish. It has been aged for 2 years in American Oak.

The 2007 Cabera is an interesting blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Barbera. It has aromas and flavors of coffee, cassis and dark fruit with a licorice and candy overtones. This unique blend would go well with lasagna and pasta.

Stop by their tasting room at 3052 Marina Avenue in Livermore.

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