In our second vineyard tour today, we head to the incredibly gorgeous Durell in Sonoma.
We got there right as the fog was rolling in – excellent for both making Pinot and taking cool photos. (No filters on these guys except for the two with frames below.) Amazing views of Sonoma and skylines. Plus, it was the first sign of veraison I’d seen. (Veriason is when the grapes start changing from green to riper colors – golden for white grapes and purple for red. The dappled bunches of grapes are really gorgeous.)
We got a walk through from Rob, who manages the vineyard for many different wineries who source their grapes from it. The winemakers all have different views on how to prune their lots and when to pick the grapes, which sounds like it would drive me crazy. But we all have parts of our jobs that are less easy than hanging out in gorgeous vineyards all day.
Three Sticks makes excellent Pinot Noir from this vineyard that’s restrained, earthy, and cherry and not in a cherry bomb kind of way at all. We tried both the 2010 and the even earthier 2005. We also got to sample all their new 2012 wines right out of the barrel. Lots of wineries have drains all over the place so you can spit right into them when you’re tasting the wine, but Three Sticks is in a warehouse-type facility and uses a big bucket with wood shavings that you spit into. Pretty hilarious.
Fun day, insane sunset.