Monday, August 30, 2010
I tasted a crisp Sauvignon Blanc; an interesting Semillon with waxy scents and hints of anise both on the nose and the palate; a bright pink, strawberry-scented Cabernet Franc rosé; a Merlot; and a Cabernet. Most of the wines appear to be made from organically grown estate grapes. This winery is interesting for its complete range of the Bordeaux grapes, including the obscure ones--like Carmènére. Is there another winery in California that bottles Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmènére, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon? I doubt it.
I liked the 2007 Yorkville Highlands Semillon best. I picked up a bottle, although at $20 it seemed pricey after all the excellent inexpensive wine I consumed in France, Italy, and Spain over the summer (generally in the $4-8 range)--but nearly all California wine seems overpriced, so that's not a special criticism aimed at Yorkville. It was a very pleasant visit. For more information, see the Yorkville Cellars Website or drop by the tasting room (707) 894-9177. The drive from Cloverdale to Mendocino on Highway 128 is a very pretty one.