Paso Robles- Dunning Vineyards Wine Review

Carmen Micheli

Paso Robles- Dunning Vineyards Wine Review
By Guest Wine Chix:  Carmen Micheli

All I can say is “Paso Robles- Dunning Vineyards”! Of the 4 wines Women’s Wine Council reviewed from this wonderful winery on November 15, 2011, I had a hard time picking my favorite.  For the 1st time I was pretty much 50/50 between the 2009 Estate “Ridge Top” Zinfandel, and the 2009 Estate Chardonnay (which is crazy since I am a TOTAL Zin girl).

The Chardonnay was amazing! The use of “50% new French Oak with a very tight grain” produced a perfect Chardonnay in my book. The aroma of nutmeg and pear was beautiful and subtle. While the citrus, vanilla, and pear flavors rounded out the oak quite nicely. Paired divinely with Judee Jachim Smith’s Artichoke and Parmesan Dip with Wasabi crackers!

And drumroll……the 2009 Estate “Ridge Top” Zinfandel is now my new favorite Zin. Produced
from dry farmed vines with tiny production of 2 tons per acre, this wine is meant to be coveted. So yummy it can be sipped on it’s own.  But, my super rich Midnight Espresso Cookies with Salted Caramel drizzle paired quite nicely as did Corie Maue’s prosciutto wrapped persimmon drizzled with Temecula Olive Oil Companies Balsamic Vinegar.

With the holiday’s coming up fast, both of these wines would be perfect as gifts, or with your holiday dinner. Dunning Wines are available at the winery, from select retailers, via direct shipment, or at a
number of fine Paso Robles area restaurants. Visit their website at www.dunningvineyards.com