This distinctive Sonoma County red blend shows notes of violet and raspberry, balanced with clove and cherries on the nose. Finely textured tannins lead to lingering flavors of cherry and hints of oak barrel nuance in the finish.
Blend: 48% Zinfandel, 27% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot
Appellation: Sonoma County: 74% Sonoma Valley, 21% Dry Creek Valley, 5% Alexander Valley
Barrel Regime: 15 months, 20% New American, French, Hungarian oak; 80% neutral oak
The Entrepreneurial Spirit of a California Wine Pioneer
In 1881 Madrone Vineyards owner, George Whitman granted a portion of his vineyard land to the Sonoma-Santa Rosa Railway. A historic train, “The Whitman Express”, brought passengers between San Francisco and Santa Rosa and played a pivotal role in the development of Sonoma. We pay tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of this California wine pioneer with The Whitman Express.
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I’m not a rat, but I actually have about a case of this stuff, and a case of the Whitman Express Zinfandel, which for the right price would be an instant buy for me, but The Conductor is imo, dare I say it…a bit meh? It’s about right on the money price wise here. I’m not ashamed to bring it to parties, but I also don’t mind leaving it behind unopened at the party. (I got both cases at the same time. We have about 8-9 bottles of the Conductor left, and about 2 of the zinfandel). It’s a decent table wine, my go-to if I needed some wine for a sauce or if I wanted to make some festive holiday mulled wine. Decent enough to bother, no flaws worth mentioning, but nothing to write home about. If you need to fill out your cellar with some decently priced table wine, go for it. This is relatively easy to drink, and is decent enough to have with a meal.