Sunday, October 30, 2011

For Halloween - try a taste of Poizin - the wine to die for!

Poizin from Armida Winery in Dry Creek Valley is the wine to die for!  This deep dark Zinfandel is a delicious wine with ripe ruby cherries, plums and a hint of herbs.  Poizin has a velvety texture that envelopes your mouth with a richness you can expect from a fine Dry Creek Valley Zin.  The 2009 Poizin has 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah.  Each bottle has a skull and crossbones symbol on the face in a blood red color and is the perfect wine for your Halloween meal with friends.  The price is only $25.

The Reserve Poizin is the best of the best.  Using the best and most delicious nine barrels of Zinfandel in their cellar, this wine delivers a great mixture of plum, Bing cherry, peppercorn and cranberry.  You will admire the smoky aroma and the blend of mocha and blackberries with a bit of meatiness on the finish.  The Reserve Poizin the bottle is hand-etched and painted with the blood red color.  The bottle is dipped in a blood red wax and the color drips down the neck like dripping blood.  Finally the exquisite bottle is sealed in its own wooden coffin.   This beautiful, yet eerie package sells for $80.

For the white wine lovers, you should enjoy the Antidote in its 375 ml blue bottle.  This dry Russian River Valley Pinot Grigio is fermented on extended lees to create a beautifully complex wine with a crisp, bright nose of cantaloupe and peach.  The price is $19.

Armida Winery was founded by brothers Steve and Bruce Cousins in 1994 and they have progressively turned this Dry Creek Valley winery into a producer of artisan, single vineyard wines using grapes from the best winegrowers in Sonoma County.  Their winemaker is Brandon Lapides who joined Armida Winery last year.  They produce a great selection of Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but their most famous wine is the Poizin and its companion, “Antidote”, a Pinot Grigio.

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