a wine tasting afternoon

Today we spent the afternoon at the Ledson Winery aka  The Castle. The property is spacious with lots of picnic tables out under beautiful live oaks. It also boasts 2 huge fountains for wishing and several parlors inside to sit and enjoy food from the deli on site.

Our pourer (as i know not the official name for that job, but will ask next time I’m out) was a sweet young lady who’s name is Annah. She was friendly and very knowledgeable.

She started us with the 2015 Sonoma Coast ‘Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir. The nose is spring time cherry, the palate is silky plums with a finish that is a bit of ‘press run’ juice and very smooth.

Our second taste was the 2014 Redwood Valley Carignane. The nose is fruity, strawberry  the palate its more fruit and silky. The finish is yet again fruity with a bit of spice. I liked this wine very much.

Next up was a side by side tasting of the 2014 Redwood Valley ‘Ricetti Lane’ Zinfandel & 2013 Russian River Valley ‘old vine’ Zinfandel from Amy’s Vineyard . So much fun. i love the doing side by sides or even just opening a bottle and pouring 6 glasses and tasting one every 20 minutes. sooooo fun to play with wine!! On this tasting I enjoyed the Amy’s Vineyard better. Both are delicious however. The Ricetti Lane Zin had a warm berry nose the palate was earthy spice with a clean herb finish. The Amy’s had a cranberry, spice nose on the palate it was smooth fruit like velvet the finish was earthy and complex.

Lastly we enjoyed (off menu) the 2014 Sonoma Valley ‘Estate Vineyard’ Cepage.  The nose was a beautiful light floral on the palate ripe fruit and plum and the finish was bold yet smooth. This wine is completely sexy. My favorite of the day.





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