Recently, I was exposed to impressive and inspiring views, almost to the point of being overwhelmingly expansive and picturesque. At 2300 Napa Road, Sonoma, I just showed up, atop the hill, and felt embarrassed when I found the tastings were done by reservation. I was hemorrhaging apologies, but Kieran (the property manager and that day’s host) was accommodating and hospitable. It took him no time to put a glass in front of me.
One of the two gentlemen I met that day from Essex, England called the pinot noir “bollocks.” I wasn’t sure I knew what that meant, but after finding out, I agreed. The flavor profile is distinguished and diligent, with each one of its notes. Another thing I think the Pinot’s flavor arrangement had going for it was universality — not too light, not too earthy, not at all gutless. The finish just flutters and hovers unlike any pinot I’ve encountered before.
For only being open less than a year, I’m muted. This little winery dazzles as if it had been open a decade, or more. Only lovely realities to come, I’m certain. The ’07 Chard, ’08 Pinot, and ’04 Cab were those that me rattled most. I had to take one of the cabernets to dinner with the family that night. Oh, and I also had to show off all the pictures I took — all the while looking at them, wishing I would have stayed longer, to snag some more stills.
Scribe enters the wine world and marketplace at a time where the consumer appears to be leaning more toward the smaller production, family operations than corporate castles. The views and the small tasting room/cellar right next to the lawn, and swing(!), adds to the comfort and relaxing properties. Visit them on the Scribe Winery website, and take a trip to the hill’s top to see for yourself. Sip, sip…