Even though we love our local wineries here in the Paso Robles area, one of our favorite places to visit are the wineries around the Santa Rosa area. Granted we are not as familiar since it is a 5 hour drive north of us. But luck would have it that we had some time after business for a little wine tasting pleasure. Laura’s cousin Kristn, who is a sommelier from Rochester NY, recommended that we drop by Siduri Winery. After tasting the wines, I recommend anyone who appreciates Pinot Noir to visit this place on their next wine tasting trip to the Sonoma County area. I would even venture to say visit Santa Rosa just so you can tastes these wines! I may be overstating it, but taste and see for yourself.
Our experience started as we walked through the door and was greeted by a kind tasting attendant. We unfortunately did not have an appointment but we were graciously accommodated. We tasted the following wines:
2014 SIDURI Willamette Valley Blanc de Pinot Noir – from Oregon, a touch of sweetness but champagne taste without the bubbles
2013 SIDURI Chehalem Mountains AVA Pinot Noir – another Oregon area vineyard
2013 SIDURI Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir – from vineyard near the Petaluma gap, a touch of acidity but still balanced and delicious
2013 SIDURI Parsons Vineyard Pinot Noir – this was my favorite from a vineyard near the winery tasting room. Pronounced classical Pinot Noir notes. But in a word…yummy
2013 SIDURI Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir – how can you go wrong with these grapes that came from the Santa Lucia Highlands
2013 SIDURI Sta Rita Hills AVA Pinot Noir – near and dear to our hearts these grapes came from the famous vineyards in the Santa Barbara region.
2013 Novy Family Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel – Their Novy label distinguishes their brand for varietals other than Pinot Noir. This is Russian River Valley zinfandel; not as powerful as zinfandels in the Paso Robles area but balanced and fruity.