Yesterday I had a few hours of free time, so I took advantage of it and went wine tasting, of course! It doesn’t happen very often, so I’m always excited to go out and discover new places.
I went to a joint tasting room in downtown Santa Rosa….
Cellars of Sonoma opened in 2008 and was created to bring very small wineries together in one space. These wineries don’t have the resources on their own to start a tasting room (the largest winery on the list produces just 2500 cases). It’s great to be able to stop at one place and taste wines from many different producers. They also have live music on the weekends and you can bring food in from many of the local restaurants.
I chose the “start to finish” flight. This offered a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet.
It started with a Gann Family Cellars Sauvignon Blanc….
This Sauv. Blanc was nice, but I was glad to see it was at the ‘end of vintage’. 2006 is getting a little over the hill, although this particular one still had some nice bright fruit. Most Sauvignon Blancs that I’ve run across recently have been 2009 or 2010 vintage.
Next up was a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir by TR Elliot.
This, by far, was the wine that captivated me. And it’s a Pinot! I’m starting to think there’s hope for me yet.
A 2006 Gann Cellars Merlot followed the Pinot and it was quite good. I’m generally a Merlot fan, so it’s usually pretty easy to please me there. This particular one I would use as a great go-to food wine for hearty pasta or lasagna night.
Last up was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bonneau Winery.
Sourced from famed Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley, the Cabernet didn’t disappoint. However, I felt it was still a little young at five years old. I think it definitely has some more aging potential.
But the winner was still the Pinot Noir. It had tons of fruit with floral hints, a little earth and a mouthfeel that brought it all home. I would happily sit down and enjoy a glass all on its own – food would likely just get in the way.
I look forward to returning again to taste more wines from some of the other producers.