Sunce is a family winery located in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County – specializing in small artisan lots of vineyard designated varietal wines and classic blends.
2015 Old Vines Zinfandel, La Prenda Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
These century old vines are the type that folks pull over on the side of the road to paint. Juicy raspberry fruit greets the palate as wafts of licorice and cinnamon saturate the senses. Pleasant loganberries and faint prune jam reminisce of an earlier era Zin. In the mouth, there’s a tease of a sweet spot, though it finishes dry, lingering for a while with afertastes of long ago days of molasses and baker’s chocolate in the pantry. This gentleman of a Zin can be at the table as an old friend would invite himself or he could sit outside with a pipe or a cigar to officiate the waning sun. Only 12 barrels made.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
2015 Teroldego, Heringer Vineyard, Clarksburg, Yolo County
The Sunce Teroldego is a noble wine asserting itself through a nose of marzipan and roses. The lush flavors of ripe loganberries and mulling spices are followed by a smooth, coated finish. Teroldego pairs especially well with tri-tip, lamb shanks, or venison. In vegetarian cuisine, put it with rich stuffed portobello mushrooms or eggplant parmesan. Our Terolodego is best when served with family and friends, making any meal an occasion. The Rotaliano plain of northeastern Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region has been cultivating Teroldego for over 500 years. Sunce Winery is one of only a handful of producers making Teroldego in California. Only 11 barrels made.
2016 Barbera Reserve, St. Olof Vineyard, Clear Lake
A vibrantly spiced wine, this 100% Barbera begs for a good meal with good friends. Opulent cherry/plum fruit surrounded by a velvety mouth-feel is layered by hints of dark deep berry, cinnamon spice, and vanilla. This 2016 vintage is a reserve, aged for 19 months in French and American Oak. Pair with pasta Bolognese, Italian-style lentils with sausage, mushroom risotto, and pizza. Only 9 barrels made.
2015 Les Trois Amis Reserve Super Tuscan, Sonoma County
Enjoy our unique Tuscan-style blend of 37% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot adds an element of velvety plum fruit with hints of clove and cinnamon, the Cabernet Sauvignon adds a dimension of tannin and structure, while the Sangiovese chimes in with flavors of black cherries with notes of white pepper offering a long, silky finish. This wine is an excellent accompaniment to hearty pasta dishes in a tomato-based sauce with meat or sausage, and especially pairs nicely with Osso Bucco. Only 9 barrels made.
2015 Tres Italianos, Fox Hill & Heringer Vineyard, Mendo/Clarksburg County
This classic Italian-style blend contains 50% Primitivo, 30% Teroldego, and 20% Negroamaro. Rich and velvety in aromas of dewy lichen and saddle, with taste components of black plums, currants, and truffles. Excellent with stuffed portobello mushrooms, lamb shanks, and rich meat dishes, or just as a slow sipper on its own. Only 8 barrels made.
Blend: 50% Primitivo, 30% Teroldego, and 20% Negroamaro
Appellation: Fox Hill & Heringer Vineyards, Mendocino/Clarksburg County
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Included in the Box
1x 2015 Old Vines Zinfandel
1x 2015 Teroldego
1x 2016 Barbera Reserve
1x 2015 Les Trois Amis Reserve Super Tuscan
1x 2015 Tres Italianos
3x 2015 Old Vines Zinfandel
2x 2015 Teroldego
3x Barbera Reserve
2x 2015 Les Trois Amis Reserve Super Tuscan
2x 2015 Tres Italianos
Suncé is Croatian for Sun, the source of all things wonderful.
Suncé, established in 1991, is located just off of River Road on Olivet Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. A small ultra-premium winery producing small lots of rare varietals, vineyard designates and classic blends. Quality is preferred over quantity; each release is limited, sometimes to 200 cases or less and many are pre-sold through barrel futures.
Suncé Winery, meaning “sun” in Serbo-Croatian, is located on one of the oldest roads in Sonoma County. Where olive trees once dominated the landscape, century old head pruned vines now quietly assert their beauty. Nestled in this serene environment, Sunce Winery provides a tranquil, romantic, yet down-to-earth atmosphere. Enjoy a picnic on the deck and play a game or two of bocce ball. Stroll the estate Pinot Noir Vineyard and if you see Frane (the wine maker) hanging around ask him to take you to his barrels.
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@losthighwayz@rlmanzo Not to open any old wunds, but can anyone either elaborate or simply point me towards said posts? As someone who was not part of the Woot Wine community I am just trying to understand the background here in terms of issues with the wine itself vs. issues with strong personalities/opinions . . .
@rlmanzo@sammypedram I don’t recall exact details since the offer I’m referring to must have been 5 or so years ago. What I do recall is the owner/winemaker’s wife being the rep on the boards. She was extremely defensive and aggressive. She even went as far as
Sending me a threatening PM. Reading some yelp reviews corroborates this. Never received an apology. Would never give my hard earned money to any business that treats me in this way. Just my two cents.
I was pleased to have been chosen to taste the 2015 SUNCE TEROLDEGO.
SUNCE: I see from the vineyard’s website that the winemaker, Frane Franicevic, hails from the Croatian island of Hvar, on the Dalmatian coast. The fact that my kitchen currently contains an olive oil, a pumpkin oil, and oregano that are also sourced from the island of Hvar is one of those happy coincidences that make life interesting. Dobro!
TASTING NOTES: I’ve never encountered the Teroldego varietal. Or even heard of it. But learning about new things is half the fun, so I conducted my tasting without consulting my trusty DeLong varietal table. But for those who are interested I’ve included the DeLong varietal description at the conclusion of my notes.
UPON OPENING: the nose is presents strong blackberry notes, along with floral and spice notes. Even after putting it through an aerating filter the wine was astringent, with blackberry and black raspberry notes. This wine needs time to breath.
AN HOUR LATER: the floral note had somewhat dissipated and I caught a note of earthiness together with a fleeting whiff of spicy green mint leaves. The taste was surprising: the wine had opened up considerably and was much softer, with a very round mouth-feel. This is not a hulking big red monster; rather it is lighter - smooth and sleek - with balanced tannin and fruit. The blackberry notes were most prominent but the initial black raspberry notes were replaced by deeper cassis notes. Decent legs and finish, with a dark tobacco bitterness that lingered but did not overpower my palate.
THE NEXT DAY: the nose is much more muted. Although quite quaffable, there is a resurgence of black raspberry astringency. For optimal vitality, I’d plan on letting it breathe and finishing it the night it was opened. But wine is a subjective experience - others may feel differently.
PAIRING: The Teroldego did not pair at all well with my already prepared, German-inspired dinner of sweet-sour cabbage with kielbasa, but I’m sure it would hold its own with beef.
VARIETAL: The DeLong varietal table classifies Teroldego as a middleweight grape with moderate to high acidity. For the sake of comparison, it is slightly lighter in weight than Nebbiolo, Norton, and Sagrantino grapes, and slightly more acidic than the Meunier and Refosco varietals. It is primarily grown in Italy (Trentino-Alto Adige) and has the following characteristics: Savory balanced with sweet, berry flavors, dark, distinctive tar finish.
Based on my tasting, I’d say that’s a very accurate description.
Just to stir the pot a bit, tonight pulled a cork on a
2004 Suncé Merlot Wild Hare Vineyard
Mid neck fill with a perfect cork and some expected sediment. Still has some nice, if not ‘fresh’ fruit with a pleasant tartness, acid well in check but present, tannins too still there with a drying dustiness. Like me a nicely aged Merlot.
and on Mar 25, 2015 1:34 PM Franicevic said:
I had an 04 recently and it still had great fruit. Lots of layers–an intriguing wine. It had another 5 years on it, at least. Sadly, I don’t have any more left, not even one bottle. If you want to trade or sell it back to me–I’d be happy to do that–even just to have 1 more bottle.
@trent Still good in the morning. A delightful breakfast wine, actually. Still bright and stone fruity, with undertones of sweet rot. I dig it. There’s other stuff I dig more for $20, but I kinda want to try the other 4…
@Franicevic Thanks for this offer. Can you tell us a bit about what led you to make Teroldego and what your impressions are of the ageing potential?
Also, if you had pH/acid numbers for these wines it would be an interesting data point.
Anyone remember these wines from woot? Holy mole. Yeeeeah. Not one of the highlights. Cray cray if I remember meets what the hell is in my glass. If you want my hazy opinion… PASS. Someone’s desperate here
@barbarianwine Putting aside for now the interpersonal misfires that happened in the discussion for their first sale, I thought their wines had been generally well received by wine wooters. I was sorry I didn’t buy the first offer, which as I recall was a mixed case.
@barbarianwine@InFrom I have been to their tasting room two or three times over the years. I have enjoyed many of their wines and not others. From what I recall, they have something like 20 wines or more on their roster. With that much going I feel like it would be nearly impossible to have all winners. With that said, a sampler like this seems like the best way to find wines from them you could like and then reorder what you liked best. From what I remember they are reasonably priced, and if you are ever in town stop by. They had lots of good deals going in the TR each time I was there.
I remember liking the Petite Sirah and St Olof Barbera best, but it looks like I didn’t keep very good cellartracker notes on these.
I was chosen to do a a lab rat report on the Sunce Barbera. Timing wasn’t great as I was hitting the road early the following morning after receiving the bottle so I didn’t have a lot of time to taste or figure a good pairing, but I finally have a chance to sit down and write my impressions, so here goes.
The wine is light both in color and body. I get red fruit both on the nose and the taste. I found it very tart with flavors of tart cherries and currents. To me this tasted a lot more like a Sangiovese then a Barbera. I usually think of darker red fruits for a Barbera, maybe plumbs or dark cherries, but I didn’t get any of that. I also felt it initially had a slight taste of cork that went away fairly quickly. If you like a Chianti, I think you will like this, but not being a fan of Sangiovese it was not my cup of tea.
I believe it would be better with food like a charcuterie with some good sausage. It needs some fat to cut down on the acid. Also, I think it is a little better slightly chilled. When I get back home I will try it again and see if I have any additional comments.
No longer than it took to get those Meads that the winemaker said would ship before October. Pretty sure that was the first and last Viking themed party I will ever attend and those bottles would have been perfect. Don’t know what I will do with them now. Disappointed that nothing could be done to get them here within 15 days. Doesn’t help that I spent another $20 on a substitute “honey wine” that was godawful but the closest thing I could find to Mead locally on short notice.