Jane and I just returned from a trip to Sonoma with two of our dearest friends, Brandon and Sarah Trenz. We have started a tradition of meeting in wine country in September and Yoakim Bridge Winery is one of many finds from our adventures in Sonoma.
Each time we visit Sonoma, we make sure to spend a day in Dry Creek Valley. The wines in this region are unbelievably rich, full-bodied and smooth. To top it off the winemakers are super passionate about their winemaking and they take time to chat with us about their wine and allow us to lounge on their beautiful ranches, along beautiful vines and even streams. And furthermore, the tasting fees are low to nothing. That’s a huge difference from the steep $20 to $25 tasting fees in Napa. Needless to say, we are huge fans of this Sonoma region.
Yoakim Bridge Winery is a quaint, small production winery that in our opinion produces exquisite, well-crafted wine for a reasonable price. You won’t unfortunately, find their wine at your local wine store or market since their production is limited to their wine club (which we finally joined on this trip) and their tasting room. Their wines are well worth the trip. And so are the meatballs (in their homemade sauce) they serve along with their wine!
So when Jane, myself, Brandon and Sarah rolled into their parking lot on a recent hot afternoon, we were dismayed that the tasting room looked closed. We found someone who admitted that they were in fact closed as they had all been up since 3 am that day working on the harvest. In fact the grape-carrying trucks had just driven off moments before we arrived. But to our surprise they asked us to wait a few minutes as they opened up the tasting room for us. And this Petite Syrah was waiting for us:
This has a beautiful deep inky red color with a nose of plum and black cherry. It has a rich mouthfeel with a good balance of fruity sweetness up front and a slightly dry finish. It’s curious that as it is exposed to more air the character changes to seem a bit lighter in body and dryer on the mid palate and finish. It’s a great bottle all in all.
4 stars out of 5
Dreams of a long, lazy day of driving through Northern Sonoma amidst beautiful wineries hit my brain on the first sip. What a great wine! It’s deep, rich, and smooth with loads of black cherry. I now understand why they serve meatballs when they pour their wine. This wine would go great with meatballs! I am so happy we joined their wine club and can’t wait for further Yoakim Bridge tasting adventures. Cheers!
4 stars out of 5
Just the Facts Ma’am
2008 Yoakim Bridge Petite Syrah
Available at the Yoakim Bridge Winery here.