Muscardini Cellars
8910 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA, 95452

707-996-9000, Fax
Twitter: VinoMuscardini
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Varietals or blends: | Barbera | Rose | Sangiovese | Syrah | Zinfandel |

Tasting: 11am to 6pm daily - Fee: $10 for six pours; tasting fee applied to bottle purchase.

From the web site: "Through Muscardini Cellars, the Muscardini family shares their zest for life and profound appreciation for the fruit of the vine with the Muscardini Cellars artisan wines. The mission of Muscardini Cellars is to culminate the knowledge, tradition and respect of more than a century of family experience in the industry with wines that artfully capture flavor and spirit.

We plan to make about 200-300 cases each of a 100% Syrah grape grown by our friends Unti Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, a 100% Sangiovese grape grown by Merlo Vineyards in upper Dry Creek Valley, a Cabernet Sauvignon grown next door to our home, and a very special blend made in super Tuscan style – 65% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah. All four are barrel aging for 12 months in French and American oak. "

Personal comments: On a day in August 2009 my wife and I were lucky enough to have Michael Muscardini himself there to pour wine for his customers, and a nicer man you're not likely to meet (for more about Michael, see this profile in Plus he is the President of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance (see, so this is one hooked-in dude. Not only that, but he makes a mean bottle of wine. Frankly, I would have left with a good deal more of it in tow if I didn't have two sixteen-year-old daughters needing a college education. Nonetheless, we left with some of the Rosato di Sangiovese (a dry Sangiovese blush) as well as an unfilfilled hankering for his Syrahs (there are a couple great vineyards from which to choose based on your personal taste), and his red blend "Tesoro" (Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon).

Untasted, since one can only deal with so much in a day, were the Barbera and Sangiovese (non-blush). Muscardini shares the Kenwood tasting room with Ty Caton, and they pour from a unified tasting list. -- Roy Tennant