Day 2 (July 16, 2010)-With John
|Grapes on a sample vine at Bethel Heights. The vineyards themselves were just experiencing bud break.|
We had a couple hours before our next tasting so we stopped to get sandwiches for later while we waited for other wineries to open. Our next stop was St. Innocent which has a lovely tasting room, grounds, and event center. Their wines tended to have a spicey character imparted from the soil which mostly, were not to my liking.
|View from Bethel Heights|
When Erin greeted us, he told us that the latest news was that he and his wife had just purchased the winery from its original owners that week. He took us through the barrel room, pulling samples from barrels of their 09 wines. Evesham Wood is making some very nice wines and Erin has his own label, Haden Fig, which we sampled from bottle ('08) which was also very good. Again, no sales at the winery, so this will require some hunting and waiting for the 09 releases.
Our last stop was at Cristom. They poured two whites, then we took a break on their deck to have lunch. Afterward we tasted through their pinots, which, possibly due to our fatigue, did not seem remarkable.