If you’re looking for a tasty slice of genuine Russian River heritage, family dedication, verdant countryside, organically-farmed old vines, and small production artisanal Zinfandels with the wow factor then Gamba is your destination.
Agostino “Gus” Gamba Jr., who grew up among his father Agostino’s century-old vines, is a Zinfandel star and one of the most knowledgeable and respected grower/winemakers in Sonoma County and is the owner of two wine brands – Gamba (Zinfandels), and Etrusca varietals, rosé, and blends. (The Etrusca name is an homage to Gus’s family’s deep roots that date back six generations in northern Italy.)
Make a reservation before you go in order to do a personal tasting either in the winery among barrels or al fresco by the old family vineyard on Woolsey Road just west of Fulton. All four of Gamba’s Zinfandels are highly-rated, hedonistic, fruit-laden masterworks but ask about the availability of the MCM Estate or the Starr Road Zinfandels in particular. This is one of those wineries where you want to be included on the pre-release mailing list to ensure getting Gus’s bottles into your cellar! Gamba’s wines are also featured at the Duo tasting room at the Geyserville Inn in Geyserville.