I just received an email from Momento Mori suggesting I sign up for the project of their assistant winemaker, Roberto Alfaro. I checked his website and the first wine offered is a Zin. Anyone hear about this project and/or wine? Thanks.
Received the following from Maxem (Sam and Nancy Kaplan)
“As we say thank you we would also like to introduce you to an incredible new wine project, ARADOR. Sam’s assistant to all of his wines, Roberto Alfaro, started his own family project in 2019 just as we did back in 2015. Please take a moment and sign up for his mailing list. Roberto Alfaro is family to us and trust me–you are going to want to buy his wines. His first release is only 70 cases…so no slacking!”
I took a shot based on the Maxem and MM emails.
I bought a 3 pack this AM. $75/btl for Zin is steep but oh well.
Damn, that’s aggressive for a first release zin. I was interested…but passing at that price.
Hope its awesome and someone posts a note after they try one!
I signed up with intent to give it a try but mine came up to $112.15/bottle with tax and shipping ($336.44 for the minimum 3 pack) That is a pass for me. Sounds like a great project and I wish them the best success.
Wow, my shipping was only $27 and tax was like $15 bucks
I was interested in trying as well, but shipping 3 bottles to MA was $94. Plus tax.
Same here, I figured the price after tax and shipping which made me back out of the order…Just received a note from Arador thanking everyone for support and all wine sold out. 2 days to sell out (75 cases).
Wow, good for them! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the wines at auction.
The Arador website shows that it produces a Zinfandel from “St Peter’s Church Vineyard” in Alexander Valley AVA.
According to the JC Cellars profile:
“…The ‘St. Peter’s Church’ Selection of Zinfandel is home to 20 100-year-old trellised vines that are planted in the oldest U.S. vineyard on the site of a church…”.
Even as the remainder of the vineyard is small, I am surprised that so little of the original planting remains.
Kent Rosenblum thought very highly of these vines, and propagated cuttings all throughout California.