On a recent trip to the Anderson Valley I came home with these beauties:
Toulouse Vineyards is always a must stop for many reasons...I love the owners, their dog Tess, the views and of course their beautiful wines. I seriously like all their wines, but gathered a few bottles of their new 2010 Rosé of Pinot Noir up first. Vern sent me home with a special bottle of Riesling as well.
Handley Cellars as you know has been near and dear to me for years. I only tasted wines that are not available in Texas. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion, 2008 Viognier & the 2007 Ranchhouse Red were standouts. So of course, I love their pink wine too. The Handley 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé is made with organically-farmed grapes from Handley’s Estate Vineyard. DELICIOUS!
Not much to say about Navarro Vineyards that you don't already know - just buy the stuff. They have the best winery direct to consumer program and wine club in all of California. I walked away with a mixed case - this was my favorite for the Garden wine for this summer: 2010 Edelzwicker
Meyer Family Cellars was such a new treat for me. I was turned onto wine years ago after reading Justin Meyer's "Plain Talk about Fine Wine" and haven't stopped since. They are known for their hand-crafted Reds (love their Syrah!) and fantastic Port which I couldn't resist buying...but for the Hammock and Garden selection I loaded up on their new 2010 Rosé of Syrah. The bottle after drained I shall keep around and use as a cold water bottle too, gorgeous.
Big surprise of the day was the Drew Family Wines bottle of Albarino. I had no idea Albarino was growing in Anderson Valley. What a kick! I've had at least 100 bottles of Albarino in my lifetime and this one was spot-on. A fun discovery - who knew?
Last stop of the day, minutes before closing time was at Phillips Hill Estates. And am I glad we made it! Toby Hill is an artist and has now taken his "art" to an entire different form - winemaking. BRAVO! I liked every wine and that rarely happens. His 2009 Valenti Vineyard Pinot Noir made the hair on the back of my neck standup after sipping. I also walked away with bottles of Gewurtraminer and unoaked Chardonnay.
I have a feeling I'm a lifer for this winery now too. His dog "Jackson" sat on my feet while I rubbed his head...yeah, I love that about good dogs.
Cheers to some Hammock time this weekend...what are your favorites places to sip your favorite wines? - Ali