We made a few stops on Sunday, March 20th, during the annual Savor Sonoma Valley barrel tasting event with about two dozen participating wineries. No specific recommendations on any wines since I didn't take notes while out tasting and my memory ain't what it used to be.
Beautiful grounds and a nice special event area for the barrel tasting. The wines seemed tannic and tight without any fruit showing through yet. Will they be better in a few years? I'm not familiar enough with these wines to know. This is a nice place to visit for the aforementioned grounds and the guided vineyard tram tours as it's rare to get a chance to check out the vineyards like this.
Another beautiful spot with decent everyday wines in the $20 range and some excellent reserve wines, but some of these are going for $90 now. They have a new deli in the tasting room so this is a good lunch stop. Extra credit for the SF Giants theme for the weekend!
The tasting was in a central room in their aging caves setup with tasting bars and leather sofas. Just add a big screen TV and it would be the ultimate Man Cave! Some very good wines.
|From Deerfield Ranch Winery|
More cave tasting, but this time with so-so wines. These guys used to be better.
|Kunde vineyards above the cave entrance|
Many of their wines have to be cut with a knife, but boy are they good in a couple years. Lots of great Zins.